I apologize for my tardiness with this post. I was sick on Saturday and in bed all day. I wrote a gospel reflection on Sunday afternoon, but hit a wrong button and lost the whole thing. I intended to rewrite last night, but someone needed to talk, and I needed to listen. Hopefully, the third try will be the charm!
After reading the Good Samaritan story, I thought, “What more is there to say, right?” We all know the story well, and it’s meaning is not mysterious in any way – love your fellow-man. Care for one another as Christ would. I think that most people don’t have trouble with that concept. If any of us would encounter someone in desperate need, most would take the time to stop and help.
Then, I got to thinking of a greater challenge here. Would we be equally as open to helping someone who has shown us disrespect, someone who is downright obnoxious, someone who does bad things?
My son has just graduated from college and is working his first full-time job in a drugstore while waiting to land a job in his field of study. He has learned more about humans at that drugstore than in any classroom or internship. Sadly, much of what he has learned has been frustrating and disconcerting to him.
Will we still go out of our way to help someone who does not act Christlike or look Christlike? Didn’t Jesus eat with sinners and undesirables? Do we truly believe that every human being is our brother/sister in Christ? Do we care about our siblings’ well being – physically? mentally? spiritually?