Both people in Sunday's Gospel model God's care
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Our Gospel for this 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time is the familiar story of the “Good Samaritan” – the traveler who was moved by compassion to help a stranger.
The Samaritan took the stranger to an inn and took care of him first. When he left he asked the innkeeper to continue caring for the stranger and promised to repay him for any expenses on his return.
Maybe there were really two Good Samaritans – what about the innkeeper who took care of this stranger and trusted in the word of the traveler? We don’t know the ending of this parable but we do know that God’s love was shown through both of these people. In our violent world today it is good to focus on the generosity of the “Samaritans” we hear about in the news. They sometimes are people who put their own lives at risk. They are often “strangers”. They are those who live next door and those we meet on the street. They are God’s hands reaching out in love and compassion.
- Have you been helped by a “Good Samaritan”?
- Have YOU been a “Good Samaritan”?