Catechism 13

Detail from Jan Wijnants, "Parable of the Good Samaritan"
Detail from Jan Wijnants, “Parable of the Good Samaritan”

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

(New City Catechism)

 

All this being said –

the neighbour languishes

where thieves

and Levites have left him.

 

The Samaritan shames

the priests, the sons of David.

Yet even his heart

turns the wrong way to worship.

 

The eyes of righteousness

scan all of earth’s children.

The straightest human heart

is too crooked to reach heaven.

 

Jericho’s road, ridden

with bumps and threats

takes the best among us

and casts us to its side.

 

But look: one comes

like a Son of Man.

He makes only level paths

and follows with ready feet…

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