Luke 10:25-37 (Parable of The Good Samaritan)
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
This is a hard reflection to write about today without expressing the personal pain we have endured while many friends and family members watched, passed by and did absolutely nothing just like you read in today’s scripture. It took less than a handful of God’s elite “Good Samaritans” to really care and those few, were never asked to help, never asked to do what they did, they just did it. Jesus has taught us so much about love and so much about how we express that love by putting others first. If it was Jesus, you saw suffering or a Priest or a Nun what would you do… in comparison to say your neighbor? Would there be a difference in what your approach would be? I know certain people personally who have done this. Yes, I do. I won’t even get into the conversation this one person started for justification. It only saddens our hearts and our table remained empty of food. Our family remained hungry that week.
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS