Most days, Jerusalem is a quiet town, but on a day when the Master is there, excitement is in the air. Is the message of eternal life true? Religious leaders heckle, and to answer the question of what must be done to inherit eternal life, a parable is told that becomes the feature of today’s radio drama. Love God, and love your neighbor, but who is my neighbor?
Esther worries about her husband, Samuel, and the journey his to make. His son Jonathan has a suggestion, but when Samuel learns the friends are Samaritans, dad has to set his boy straight on why those darned, dirty, Samaritans are to be avoided.
Dangers on the road are minimized if traveling in a caravan, but Samuel’s business is too pressing and he sets off alone. Sure enough, robbers take money, clothes, and after beating Samuel, leave him for dead. A priest travels, but can’t take time to pollute his pious self with an injured man.
A stranger offers water and aid, but imagine Samuel’s surprise to find it’s Jonathan’s Samaritan friend. There’s no arguments now, and though the innkeeper is inclined to treat the Samaritan gruffly, money is left, and care for Samuel arranged. Lessons are learned that kindness isn’t limited to one race, or the exclusive nature of only one race of people.