“So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him” (Luke 10:34).
A certain lawyer came testing Jesus, asking Him what he should do to inherit eternal life. In response, Jesus asked him what the law says and his interpretation of it. The lawyer quoted the law about the need to love God and our neighbour. In an attempt to justify himself, he asked Jesus “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus, therefore, told him the parable of the Good Samaritan.
In this parable, a Priest, and a Levite had come, looked at the man and went their way, but not this Samaritan. The Good Samaritan was on a mission of his own and suddenly came upon this man who had been attacked, robbed,
wounded and left half dead. He stopped and helped him, even though he was neither the cause of what happened to him nor did he know a wounded man would need his assistance when he set out on his journey. His response showed
that he was prepared because he ended up investing so much of his time, energy and resources in assisting the wounded man.
We have so many people around us today in our families, neighbourhoods, work places, schools and even the Church who have been attacked, robbed, wounded and are literally half dead, and need our help. Let us learn to stop, take some time out of our busy schedules and help others who are in dire need of help, irrespective of the situation of things around us. Let the Holy Spirit lead you. Just be obedient, merciful, and take the risk to stop and help. Your heavenly reward will be great.
1. Father, please forgive me for every act of disobedience in the past where I ought to have stopped and helped, but did not.
2. I receive the grace to be merciful and to stop and help others as the need arises.