Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Parable for Today: The Abandoned Samaritan

The Daily Telegraph reports from New York (in orange) and the Bible, Luke 10: 30-37, (in green).

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.’

…. video footage showed an unidentified woman earlier being accosted by a man who was then involved with a scuffle with Mr Tale-Yax [and] ….. showed Hugo Tale-Yax, a homeless man, collapsing with stab wounds on a pavement shortly after stopping the mugger who was armed with a knife.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

More than 20 people ignored a dying man for nearly two hours as he lay on a New York street after saving a woman from being mugged.  He lay dying in a pool of blood as people strolled past, some pausing briefly to look at him.

One even emerged from a nearby building to photograph Mr Tale-Yax, a 31-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, with his mobile phone.

And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Another man bent down to shake him, lifting him to reveal the pool of blood, but he still walked away.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

When police and firemen finally arrived at 7.23am on Sunday in the Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens to find Mr Tale-Yax was dead, he had been lying there for an hour and 40 minutes.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.

Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

But none showed mercy!

God help us!

Please note that I have altered the order of some of the Telegraph reporting for effect.


  1. seems to be a modern parable of big city America.....
    and the metropolitan elite look down their noses at rednecks and hillbillies in 'flyover country'


    I know whose company I woukd enjoy most.

  2. The sad fact is that it could happen anywhere