We tend to see the Good Samaritan as Christian Law: love your neighbor (and your neighbor is everyone), then go and do likewise. However, Capon seems to think that we should not try to emulate the Samaritan, but rather the half-dead man in the ditch, uniting ourselves to the passion of Jesus, who was left half-dead (then whole-dead) on the Cross. For Capon, is not about the law of good works that we go and do likewise. But it is about the grace of lying half-dead in the ditch and still being healed and raised.
Where will my sermon for Sunday head? Am not sure yet where the Spirit will lead. But I am so drawn to this sentence that Capon writes:
"For if the world could have been saved by providing good examples to which we could respond with appropriately good works, it would have been saved an hour and twenty minutes after Moses came down from Mt. Sinai."
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all evermore.