Parable of the Good Samaritan
At Animal Medical Center, we honor those of you who take it upon yourselves to help pets in need and we share your commitment to helping those who are most in need of help.
The tragic situation of too many homeless and needy pets reminds each of us of the vital need for spaying or neutering every pet to reduce over-population and for responsible wellness care to prevent disease transmission.
Through our Adoption Program and our Needy Pet Fund, we contribute thousands of dollars each year in goods and services to helping pets in need. Unfortunately, just like any family or any small business, our resources are limited and so we are regrettably unable to provide unlimited assistance to every needy pet.
We support and appreciate those of you who take needy pets into your families and into your hearts. We know that many of our most beloved patients were once homeless or abandoned pets. In fact, many of Dr. Zucker's beloved dogs and cats were once homeless, as were many of the pets of the rest of our staff. Many of us have come to believe that these rescued pets somehow "know" and are grateful for the chance at life your kindness provides them, as they often become such devoted and loving pets.
The following background and retelling of the Good Samaritan Parable is extracted & reprinted from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.
The Good Samaritan is a famous New Testament parable appearing only in the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37). The parable is told by Jesus to illustrate that compassion should be for all people, and that fulfilling the spirit of the Law is more important than fulfilling the letter of the Law.
In Luke, a scholar of the Law tests Jesus by asking him what is necessary to inherit eternal life. To begin his answer, Jesus asks the lawyer what the Mosaic Law says about it. When the lawyer quotes the Pharisaic law of loving God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and all your mind, and the parallel law of loving one's neighbor as oneself, Jesus says that he has answered correctly "Do this and you will live," he tells him.
When the lawyer then asks Jesus to tell him who his neighbor is, Jesus responds with a parable about a man who was attacked and robbed and left to die by the side of a road. Later, a priest saw the stricken figure and avoided him, presumably in order to maintain ritual purity. Similarly, a Levite saw the man and ignored him as well. Then a Samaritan passed by, and, despite the mutual antipathy between his and the Jewish populations, immediately rendered assistance by giving him first aid and taking him to an inn to recover while promising to cover the expenses.
At the conclusion of the story, Jesus asks the lawyer, of the three passers-by, who was the stricken man's neighbor? When the lawyer responds that it was the man who helped him, Jesus responds with "Go and do the same."