Are you a good Samaritan? Here's a simple test
Are you a Good Samaritan? See what Pope Francis says about you...
How many people really care? Are you a caring person? Pope Francis spoke last year about the Good Samaritan as a person who cared. We'd all like to think we fit into this category, but how many of us combine 'Prayer and Action' to truly fill the role the proverbial role?
In the New Jerusalem Bible we find the story of Christ sharing the parable and his instructions.
25 And now a lawyer stood up and, to test him, asked, 'Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
26 He said to him, 'What is written in the Law? What is your reading of it?'
27 He replied, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.'
28 Jesus said to him, 'You have answered right, do this and life is yours.'
29 But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?'
30 In answer Jesus said, 'A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead.
31 Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan traveller who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him.
34 He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him.
35 Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have."
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bandits' hands?'
37 He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.' Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.' (Luke 10:25-37)
As we see, we are called by both Jesus Himself and Pope Francis to be good Samaritans. That means paying attention to the poor and their needs. We often forget that Jesus was poor. He traveled through his ministry, carried no riches, owned no home, and was sustained by the kindness of others. Likewise for his apostles who would later go on and preach his Gospel message and compose their inspired accounts of what happened.
Knowing this, how do we live this message? Perhaps we do not live in neighborhoods where foreigners are waylaid, perhaps we have no knowledge of hunger around us. This is a blessing, but we needn't miss out on the opportunity just because we are fortunate.
To give charity to others is to engage fully in the Catholic lifestyle. God Himself has engrained charity into the Catholic identity. It is part of what makes us Catholic and distinct from others. Catholics build hospitals, establish charitable missions, and lift millions around the world out of destitution and poverty. The affirmative toll of people saved by the work of the Church is so great, the number has never been tallied, but who has time to count by the billions when there's work to be done?
Catholic Online has embarked on a mission directed by the Holy Father, which is to join him in feeding the world's poor and eliminating world poverty and hunger by 2025. We expect to succeed because this is the first time the world's only global and universal organization has turned ALL of its resources to the task. The Catholic Church is everywhere and that gives us a unique distribution network for food and other material that will support our mutual humanitarian efforts.
There are over a billion people who face some kind of hunger, starvation, malnutrition, or food insecurity. We are lucky because we get to help. We're lucky because this work is changing us as we pray and act together to answer the Pope's call.
Charity changes who we are. When you give enough, and do it in conjunction with sincere prayer, it changes you. It makes you a better person. Se we are lucky to have an opportunity to play the role of the Good Samaritan.
Many of you have already answered this invitation. We thank you!
Many more however have ignored the call, or answered that they gave at Mass. But let's not kid ourselves. A dollar doesn't cut it. It doesn't cost you, so it can't change you.
The Good Samaritan left two denarii. That would have been a generous sum in that time. Now all eyes are upon you as you read this. Will you remove two denarii from your purse and leave it to the innkeeper to feed someone in need?
It's your choice.
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Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
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