“But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’
Jesus replied, ‘A man fell victim of robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise, a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall replay you on my way back.’”
What surfaces in you as you read Jesus’ long answer to a short question?
What situations have you noticed recently on the national news (homeless people, refugees, people wounded by gunshots . . . ) that parallel this man lying along the side of the road?
After spending time with this passage, how might you respond in the future?
Heritage word—”Let us do our best and ask God to do the rest, or rather, let Him do all with our cooperation.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)