In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 10:25-37, we hear the story of the Good Samaritan. When you read this story, what role do you see yourself in? Might you be the victim, who everyone seems to ignore? Or perhaps, you are the priest, who walked on the opposite side of the street to avoid the incident? Maybe you are the Levite, who looked the other way, so as to not acknowledge the pain and suffering of the victim. Or perhaps, you just might be the Good Samaritan. And let’s not forget about the innkeeper who acted as caregiver to the victim. Perhaps that’s where you fit in this story.
How many of us could claim “Good Samaritan” status?
I think that it is safe to say, that given the different circumstances of one’s life, we can find ourselves taking on each one of these roles, at different times. We’ve all been a victim of some degree of injustice at least once in our lives. There have been times when we are well suited to assist, like the priest, but we choose to not get involved. Then there are times when we turn a blind eye to travesty, like the Levite, simply because it costs us too much of our time, talent or treasure. However, there are times when we answer the call. We step up and do the right thing. And when we do that, we are the Good Samaritan.
Becoming a Good Samaritan
Our Good Samaritan efforts need not be direct. We may initiate action that results in the “innkeepers” following through, as in the story we hear today. For example, if you were to donate money to hurricane relief, your money goes toward the work performed by the “innkeepers” of this world, those who are there at ground zero, alleviating pain and suffering of those impacted by Harvey, Irma and Marie.
Take some time today, and switch roles. Let’s not be the cowardly priest, or the selfish Levite. Let’s be Good Samaritans. Answer the call. Step up and do the right thing. You’ll be glad you did. If you would like to donate money to alleviate the suffering caused by the recent hurricanes, then may I suggest Catholic Relief Services, or the American Red Cross.
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