The parable of the Good Samaritan illustrates the concept of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” As told in Luke 10: 25-37 a lawyer asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” The literal definition of neighbor is someone who lives near or someone to whom one has a close association. The parable, however, extends the concept of neighbor from a literal definition to the broader interpretation of anyone who is in need. Frances Perkins was a true Good Samaritan. She worked all of her life to fight poverty and provide for those who were in need. She didn’t have a lot of money to give away, but she did have passion and a political acumen. She helped her neighbors by striving tirelessly to enact legislation to help workers have decent wages and safe working conditions.
“I had to do something about the unnecessary hazards of life, unnecessary poverty … the circumstances of the life of the people of my generation was my business, and I ought to do something about it.”–Frances Perkins