We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.
May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.
This week’s meditation will be brief since the Gospel we heard on Sunday is the well worn story of the Good Samaritan.
Thomas Merton once wrote:
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”
Letter to Dorothy Day, quoted in Catholic Voices in a World on Fire (2005) by Stephen Hand, p. 180.
I have often mentioned an article I found at the Catholic News Agency online titled “Don’t assume people know God loves them.” I wonder what the man who was beaten and bleeding was thinking as the priest and Levite passed him by. Did he feel loved by God? In one of the great ironies of the New Testament, it took a Samaritan, a member of a wayward tribe of Hebrews, a people hated by the Jews, to reveal that love. Jesus was quite wise to use a Samaritan to illustrate His new Way that brought compassion and justice to the habitual rote observation of the well-established old Law.
Who is our neighbor the parable asks? Every person we meet, of course, and many of them do not know God loves them. Are they worthy of love? Not our business but God says YES no matter their skin color, economic situation, country of origin, or political orientation.