A Degree of Love
A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denariic and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.
The Odd Fellow Second Degree is a representation of Love. The age old story of the Good Samaritan is recounted. This simple story depicts a man that has been beaten, robbed, and left for dead. His own people and a priest pass him by without offering help. The man who stops to offer aid is a hated group by his people. This story teaches us that true love transcends race, religion, or national origin. As an Odd Fellow we are expected to make the same commitment.