“Go and do likewise.”
The man lay bruised and bloody in a doorway. His moaning was faint — muffled by the chatter and noise of the city, so no one paid him much attention, or if they did, what could they do? Maybe a drunkard who had fallen. Maybe a thief who messed with the wrong person. Maybe a dealer in the underground market who cheated and deserved what he got.
Nevertheless, it is of no concern to the passers-by. The city is full of wrecked lives, and on the next corner is another one. This time was asking for a hand-out. He’s hungry, he says. He needs bus fare. He needs. He needs. He needs. There is no end to this travesty remaining stationary while a city on is on the run.
In the world of mercy, these problematic meanderings do not survive scrutinizing. Too much conjecturing and reasoning is the antithesis of action.
And so, another man at another time “fell victim to robbers.” And was left for half-dead. A priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan came walking by. Sounds like the beginning of a jest, a gag. But it isn’t. The answer to that question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ is definitive.
Parables are meant to be mined. The double meaning of the Samaritan applies to us, but the victim on the ground is Christ. The man or woman on the street asking for money for food is Christ; the well-dressed, self-assured crowd is Christ, and the sick, the tired, the foreigner — all are Christ. They are our neighbors, and we are neighbors to them obligated to help in their physical and spiritual needs.
The eternal crisis of sickness, deaths, poverty, wars, and apathy have no end, but may our spirit and action of mercy never fail us. We are called to be the Good Samaritan —always.
Let Us Pray:
Lord God, may I be blessed to help those in need and to show mercy. May I be blessed to lead others to those in need. May I be blessed to dream of the possibilities. Amen.
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