One Ignatian approach to examining the parable of the Injured Traveler and the Good Samaritan would be to ponder the story and see which character we see as most closely aligned with our self.
Abandoned on the wayside
63. Jesus tells the story of a man assaulted by thieves and lying injured on the wayside. Several persons passed him by, but failed to stop. These were people holding important social positions, yet lacking in real concern for the common good. They would not waste a couple of minutes caring for the injured man, or even in calling for help. Only one person stopped, approached the man and cared for him personally, even spending his own money to provide for his needs. He also gave him something that in our frenetic world we cling to tightly: he gave him his time. Certainly, he had his own plans for that day, his own needs, commitments and desires. Yet he was able to put all that aside when confronted with someone in need. Without even knowing the injured man, he saw him as deserving of his time and attention.
Two situations suggest we look at this commitment of time. First, the holiday season with its overlapping concerns of worship, family, charity, and perhaps materialism. Second, our state of pandemic. Good people in either or both situation might well opt to move along and leave the injured for the care–perhaps the more expert care–of another.
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