Story Behind the Art
Right at the front we find the good Samaritan, exemplifying what we must do. In the middle we find a Levite, and even further away we see the priest. In art we call this punto de fuga, vanishing point. The dynamics show the Samaritan in action helping the fallen man. On the other hand, the other two persons are rigid, conditioned by a vertical bar that becomes thinner, indicating indifference. The content of this anecdote firstly denounces hypocrisy: the priest, the person with the higher calling and responsibility undoubtedly showing off his ranks with pride did nothing to help the needy. The second teaching is the answer to the lawyer who was asking what he needed to do to inherit eternal life, what we must do is love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Jesus represented himself in the parables, he was always one of the characters. Jesus is the Good Samaritan, the one that had compassion, and bound his wounds, the one that brought him to an inn and took care of him and told the host that He would pay. That symbolizes the Lord paying for our sins.
The title of this work is the exhortation to show compassion even when we don’t feel the obligation to be. We all fall short of perfection or in need sooner or later and someone needs to come and rescue us. The Lord is always there for us.