We are home from mission and we had a good successful week, but it is nice to be back in our own bed. Thank you for all your prayers!
In today's gospel we have the story of the Good Samaritan. This is one of those gospel stories that sets the world's way of thinking upside down. The least likely person to show compassion is the one who does so. In the Kingdom of Heaven there are no foreigners, no outcasts and definitely no one who is beneath our concern.
This is not the world's way of thinking. Look at our concern about the people of Syria...almost nothing, but if Syria was an important oil supplier to the West do you think our governments would stand idly by? Remember Libya.
But Jesus also takes us to the personal level. What do we as individuals do when we meet an outcast who needs our help? We must do what we see needs to be done and not make excuses, either on the personal or international level.
This is the big parable that challenges our view of the world and who really is our neighbour. Benedict gives a great explanation of this parable in his book "Jesus of Nazareth". It is worth reading again if you have that book.