We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
From The World House, an essay by M.L. King, Jr.
See also the Gospel of Luke 10: 25-37 of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).