Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,
We heard the beautiful story of Good Samaritan. It is a timeless story. We all know all about the story and the moral of the story. But what is new about it to today? The new thing is that we have to bring the story to life and live it. Whenever I read a fairy tale or watch movies, I feel that almost all of them reflect the story of the Good Samaritan in it. I know a fairytale about a ‘Good Samaritan‘ being rewarded. It is about Sir Launfal, a proud young knight, who set out to find the chalice Jesus used during the Last Supper, which is often called the Holy Grail. As he left the city he gave a coin to a leper. He failed to find the Holy Grail and returned, an older man, and after much suffering. The leper was still there begging. The knight had no money but gave him his last crust of bread. They had nothing to drink so the knight took the leper’s bowl and went for water, and gave the bowl of water to the leper. When he did so the leper appeared as Christ and the bowl turned into the Holy Grail. We want to continue to do our best to help and heal Jesus who is injured and in pain in other people. The challenge for us is to be a Good Samaritan today. Here are the beatitudes of the Good Samaritan for us to follow:
Blessed are those who care and who are not afraid to show it – they will let people know they are loved.
Blessed are those who are gentle and patient- they will help people to grow as the sun helps the buds to open and blossom.
Blessed are those who have the ability to listen – they will lighten many a burden.
Blessed are those who know how and when to let go – they will have the joy of seeing people find themselves.
Blessed are those who, when nothing can be done or said, do not walk away, but remain to provide a comforting and supportive presence – they will help the sufferer to bear the unbearable.
Blessed are those who recognize their own need to receive, and who receive with graciousness – they will be able to give all the better.
Blessed are those who give without hope of return –they will give people an experience of God.
We can imagine the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho who was attacked and left half dead (Luke 10:25-37). He would have lost his confidence in humanity as a result. But the Good Samaritan helped to bring healing not only to his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them, but even more importantly the Good Samaritan poured love on the injured man’s psychological and emotional wound, and that love would be just as important for healing him as the bandages and oil and wine. The people who hurt us, do so because they are wounded and they themselves may not even be aware of their woundedness. The best medicine of all is love. If we don’t love them they will remain wounded and hurt. It is not easy for any Good Samaritan to give the medicine of love but it is the only medicine that heals.
It would be great to look back on your life and say you really helped someone who was down to rise up. Do you ever do anything to heal peoples’ wounds or are you always receiving help from others? It would be great to look back on your life and say you really helped someone who was down to rise up. During those times when it is difficult to heal and love the other wounded person, we can remember that in helping another, Jesus said, we are helping him, “Whatever you do to one of the least of these you do to me.” (Matt 25:40).
Let us pray: Lord Give us the eyes to see the pain in other people’s eyes, especially the members of our own family. Lord give us the ears to hear the cry in other people’s voice, especially those of our own flesh and blood. Lord give us compassion to become involved in other people’s needs especially the needs of our own loved ones. Lord give us humility never to walk on by because we fear rejection. Rather give us the courage to reach out and ask “can I help?” Amen.
God Bless You,