Saturday, July 9, 2016
Who is My Neighbor? A Different Slant.
Think now of the man in the story. He is on the road to Jericho, in the desert where there are more robbers and wild animals. His brothers in faith have walked by. He fears dying. He sees a Samaritan, an outsider, from another religion. He must now be terrified, but it is the outsider who provides help and healing. That outsider, the story tells us, has compassion. Maybe the Samaritan has suffered himself. Perhaps he knows what it is like to be "in the ditch". Have you and I been "in the ditch"?
Now look at the Cross of Christ, look at His suffering. He is the ultimate One in the ditch. He is in the ditch with all of us. In rising He lifts all of us from the ditch. In rising He shows us compassion, compassion that we can then share with others.
As I watch the news and peruse the internet I see people trying to find blame for why the man is in the ditch, or blame for why there is a ditch. Few are talking about being a real neighbor and showing compassion--to all. Few also admit that they are in the ditch and are in need of that compassion.
Again, look at the cross. See compassion! Be compassion! That is what is needed today.