50 euro - Christian Charity

Image of 50 euro coin - Christian Charity | Austria 2003
The obverse shows a contemporary instance of Christian charity. A nun, who works as a nurse, comforts a sick man in accordance with Christ’s admonition: For I was hungry, and you gave me food, thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you brought me home, naked, and you clothed me, sick, and you cared for me, a prisoner, and you came to me.... (Mt. 25. 35-36) The reverse side depicts the best known parable of the New Testament, the story of the Good Samaritan. In this parable Christ holds up the example of a traveller taking pity on a stranger who has been badly attacked and robbed. The coin shows the Good Samaritan with the victim on his horse, as he takes him to an inn, where he will pay for them to tend the injured man. Go thy way, and do thou likewise, Christ admonishes His followers. Charity became the hallmark of the Christian Faith.