Being the Good Samaritan

In today’s world where sometimes everyone seems to go about their business, without caring for the needs of others it is easy for us to be like the Levite or the priest in today’s parable. Speed is vital, be it wi-fi speed or athletic speed, but so is calm and attention for the needs of others.
The Good Samaritan might be seen as a parable, one of the many, in fact it is not. It is a way of life as Pope Francis said in today’s Angelus. The 266th pontiff continued to say: “What does it mean to ignore man’s suffering? It means to ignore God! If I do not approach that man, or that woman, that child, that elderly man or woman that is suffering, I do not come close to God.” In agreement with our dear Holy Father I would like to say that as much as God is found in the church, He is also found in our suffering brothers and sisters. As I write today’s reading, I can’t help but feel sad as South Sudan is back to war once again. South Sudan isn’t the only case, there are many unfortunate events in today’s world. In such situations where man is in control, the parable of the Good Samaritan might be the way of life that ought to be suggested.
As history shows us the Samaritans and the Jews were not the best of friends. The conflict began after the Jews returned from their exile and found that their fellow Jews had settled in the neighbouring land of Samaria, while they were exiled in Babylon. Thus the Jews and the Samaritans were sworn enemies. This parable is an answer to the question: “Who is my neighbor and to whom I must show as much love as to myself?” The answer Christ gives is simple; everyone without exception, even to one’s sworn enemies.


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