The parable of the good Samaritan found in Luke’s gospel (10.25-37) presents in part, a shock value of how we many a time derobe and strip off from human beings their Godgiven dignity and we leave them worse off.
Irrespective of religious affiliations, there is in the heart g man the desire to live life to the full, meaningfully. This desire is insatiable as it is is visibly expressed in the myriad of legitimate pursuits of careers in the political, economic, Social, Cultural, religious fields. But what is beyond our human desirable grasp is the longing for the life hereafter, which also constantly tugs at them our human flesh for attention, now and again. It is the question of living forever, that we call eternal life. How to attain eternal life is what brought the self-righteous Jewish laywer to God in the present of Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells both him and the crowd listening of a Samaritan who offers an unusual help to a traveller, who was attacked by armed robbers as he journeyed from Jerusalem to Jericho. Essentially, Jesus well aware of the three divisions of the Jewish Society (the priests.tie levites and the rest of the Jews) included this stranger in the third category.
ln this way he challenges there poor reading of Scripture. God had commanded them to love themselves and to lovetheir neighbor as well. But they only regarded their fellow Jews as their neighbor and deserving of love and affection. The popular designation of the parable of as the “Good Samaritan” is a misnomer. No Jew would ever have referred to a Samaritan as “good.” Even the lawyer refused to acknowledge the designation, Samaritan in his reply to Jesus, who had asked of the priest, levite Gad the Samaritan, who proved a neighbor to the injured wayfarer. the lawyer simply said, ”the one” who had compassion on him.
Jesus makes the protagonist of His parable a Samaritan to add shock value to the story, to show the universality of the term “neighbor,” to demonstrate the depths of mercy that should be extended to one’s neighbors, and to strike at the heart of the lawyer’s self-righteousness.
Are there new Samaritans among us, in our society today that are injured by our lack of Compassion? We might easily think and judge ourselves as not having directly pulled the trigger, utter the wicked words or signed the document that led to the harm of another. However, we are the ones who remain stripped of clothing, though we adorn ourselves with the finest and latest of today’s fashion. We too are the wounded and injured in the long run with policies that tend to protect interests that are lei, and less inclusive of who Pope Francis has described as those who live existential extremes of Society. These are the ones I call the Samaritans of today.
Christ, the light of humanity, is as well the light of faith, without which the light of reason that so often guide our actions and motivate our policies and decisions that positively affect millions of lives (Lumen Fidei 4). Yet. when we drive too far the light of our reason, Such policies and decisions jeopardize and many a time extinguish the dreams many more millions a gazillion times.
Above all, we are the ones left half dead civilizations that esteem and glory in unnatural lifestyles the extremes of rationality keeps motivating us to make legal while denying what the source of all light, God and of faith in Him, illumines. If the light of reason is docile to the illuminating light of faith proposes, albeit gently, the values of true union of man and woman in narriage and the firm establishnent and prosperity of the larger society based on the family life will revive our drooping spirits (Lumen Fidei 4, 52, 54).
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