Sunday, July 10, 2016

Parable of The Good Samaritan

BEADS OF JOY 07-10-16
“Parable of The Good Samaritan”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

 My Friends,

Today’s Gospel:
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.

True compassion comes from a heart that is big enough to reach out too many, not only to the select few with specific titles or names. We see it our Justice system, if you have the right name, everyone makes sure you are properly taken care of (legal or illegal) whether you deserve it or not; while others get treated to another set of standards. Well that’s unfair and that’s not justice. Well in Compassion it’s all based on love. Why do some people get the help and love and understanding they need while others get kicked to the curb? Forgotten? Discarded? I haven’t a clue. How do the people who get walked past feel? Sad! Unworthy! Worthless! If you have been there, you know exactly what I am saying. So what do we learn from today’s gospel?

We need to be more compassionate towards others (everyone), no matter who they are. Most especially if they are your flesh and blood family (parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles). What a travesty it is that your own family members go hungry, suffers with the possibility of being homeless; struggle with paying basis bills for heat, insurance, etc. and you live your life like they don’t even exist on the planet. OPEN YOUR EYES and even more than that OPEN YOUR HEARTS and see what you can do for those family members. Call them. Ask to visit. Don’t just drop in, many are ashamed of their situation. Let them know they are loved. They feel hurt, pushed away and forgotten. Their pain runs deep. We can’t let this happen. Simple phone calls of comfort, postings for prayer, hand written cards/letters of love (don’t use a computer generated letter that’s cold). Acknowledge them, saying nothing is Horrible!!! Silence speaks volumes of this sentiment, like: “I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU !!!” Step to the plate, love them… forgiveness awaits you. Be strong and be there for one another as God so desires us to be.


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Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS