The article is on the exegesis of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25–35) and its
relevance to the challenges that are being posed by COVID-19. Through the historicalcritical approach, the article has concluded that the parable is relevant in troubleshooting
the challenges that are caused by COVID-19, such as discrimination, stigma, hate and
stereotypes. The article sees COVID-19 as teaching humanity the important lesson that no
one can live in isolation, however powerful or economically strong they are. Therefore,
there is a need to take the opportunity of being a neighbour. Neighbourhood is understood
as offering services to those in need and COVID-19 has presented a chance to the entire
world to help someone with needs. A need-based world requires neighbours and this makes
the parable relevant.
Contribution: This article is a reflection of the challenges that are currently faced by people
in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is within the scope of this theological journal
that issues of identity, relationships, and theological reflection should be addressed, hence
the article fits well within this scope.