79. The Samaritan who stopped along the way departed without expecting any recognition or gratitude. His effort to assist another person gave him great satisfaction in life and before his God, and thus became a duty. All of us have a responsibility for the wounded, those of our own people and all the peoples of the earth. Let us care for the needs of every man and woman, young and old, with the same fraternal spirit of care and closeness that marked the Good Samaritan.
In his day, Jesus urged his disciples and would-be followers to a higher standard than religious leaders. Think of this as less consigning priests and Levites to hell and more as an affirmation of what is humanly possible in cooperation with God’s grace. Perhaps we Americans have added obstacles in this regard. We harp on rights often enough, but without embracing the responsibilities of our status as citizens. Do we consider ourselves as not having enough time, money, focus, or courage? Too bad. If we aspire to be serious about that question asked of Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” we should be prepared for an answer that does not align with our expectations or convenience.
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