A couple I know divide their giving into three categories: their church, various charities and a poor fund. They are always on the lookout for potential recipients of their poor fund andbecause they have reserved the money they have no hesitancy over whether they can afford to make gifts to those in great need.
Nowhere in the story does Jesus apportion blame to the man, even though he shoudl have known better than to take such a risky route on his own. Instead Jesus is concerned with how we should respond to the person in need as we come across them.
Facing up to poverty and raw human need is a complex business. It challenges our culture, lifestyle, busyness, assumptions and comfort zones. Some Christians get angry and defensive when poverty comes knocking on the door. Some give money and hope that nothing else is required. Some are overcome with compassion and identification. Some get taken for a ride. Some give until it hurts.
Doing good feels good because it is good! It is one of the things we were created to go. Kindness, compassion, generosity – these are things that were always supposed to come naturally to us. It’s a mark of how far humanity has fallen that often our hearts default to responses that are the exact opposite and can feel even more “normal” to us.