My point about these stories is that Jesus is often reinforcing the obvious. In this case, we all know that Christians should be looking out for the underdog.
A couple of interesting points about the story.
We've all heard interpretations over the years about why the priest and the levite walked by on the other side, my insight is that they probably just didn't see the guy beaten up on the side of the road.
This to me is the real problem in this mad world.....we just don't see need. Though the man is lying dying on the side of the road they just don't see him. They might be frightened, or careless...which heightens their inability to see properly, or at all, but basically they are blind.
Jesus's point? We are to do better than that.
Any way the homily went well, and people said nice things which seemed to suggest they had understood what I was saying.
One person engaged me in earnest dialogue and she had obviously understood. But then she adds..
"The trouble is these days it could be a drug addict"
"Would it make any difference?" I asked quizzically.
"Well they could punch you in the face!"
I had the good sense to just leave this conversation at this point