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THE GOOD SAMARITAN.

UPON the return of the seventy disciples whom the Redeemer had sent to preach the gospel, they expressed their joy at the success of their ministry. The very devils had been subjected to them by virtue of their Master's name; and while they expressed their satisfaction at such unexpected success, Christ promised them that they should experience still greater, investing them with power to encounter with impunity the most malignant instruments of Satan, at the same time assuring them that their names were recorded in heaven ;-a blessing especially bestowed upon them. He then told them in holy transport that God had concealed the mysteries of the Gospel from the arrogantly wise, and revealed it to the innocently simple, who by virtue of that divine revelation enjoyed advantages, which the great men of the earth had desired in vain. Scarcely had our Saviour finished his discourse, when a doctor of the law stood up and asked him what he should do to attain eternal life. Christ replied that he should love God and his neighbour. The doctor immediately demanded whom he was to consider his neighbour. Upon which, the blessed Jesus replied, There was a certain Jew who, on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho, falling among thieves, they robbed him, and wounding him severely, left him weltering in his blood. A priest, passing by shortly afterwards, crossed on the other side of the road, without offering him the least assistance. A Levite followed, and did precisely the same; "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." From this parable the lawyer was made sensible that all men were his neighbours, of whatever country or religion.

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