With this section Pope Francis begins to look at “The characters of the story.” He begins with the aftermath of the crime.
72. The parable begins with the robbers. Jesus chose to start when the robbery has already taken place, lest we dwell on the crime itself or the thieves who committed it. Yet we know them well.
An analysis of the past few days as well as the current world situation:
We have seen, descending on our world, the dark shadows of neglect and violence in the service of petty interests of power, gain and division. The real question is this: will we abandon the injured man and run to take refuge from the violence, or will we pursue the thieves? Will the wounded man end up being the justification for our irreconcilable divisions, our cruel indifference, our intestine conflicts?
It happens often enough in the US; the Holy Father could be writing about our particular nation.
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