78. We can start from below and, case by case, act at the most concrete and local levels, and then expand to the farthest reaches of our countries and our world, with the same care and concern that the Samaritan showed for each of the wounded man’s injuries.
Rare is the person or opportunity to make changes on great levels. Pope Francis is wise to suggest we don’t have to look far to find wounds to bind. Without giving up on the cause of justice in larger segments of human society, it is dangerous to ignore great need when it presents itself. It gives the would-be reformer a context for advocacy, as well as the personal experience so needed.
Let us seek out others and embrace the world as it is, without fear of pain or a sense of inadequacy, because there we will discover all the goodness that God has planted in human hearts. Difficulties that seem overwhelming are opportunities for growth, not excuses for a glum resignation that can lead only to acquiescence.
A cure for such pessimism? Gathering and forming allies in the effort:
Yet let us not do this alone, as individuals. The Samaritan discovered an innkeeper who would care for the man; we too are called to unite as a family that is stronger than the sum of small individual members. For “the whole is greater than the part, but it is also greater than the sum of its parts”.[Evangelii Gaudium 235]
A message for today, especially those who remain encumbered by the rejection of truth:
Let us renounce the pettiness and resentment of useless in-fighting and constant confrontation. Let us stop feeling sorry for ourselves and acknowledge our crimes, our apathy, our lies. Reparation and reconciliation will give us new life and set us all free from fear.
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