This Sunday's Gospel contains the iconic story of the good Samaritan. A man beaten and left for dead, passed over by those who should have been exemplars of caring service, is provided for by a Samaritan, a member of a despised community. He goes above and beyond, not only attending the beaten man's wounds, but bringing him to an inn, paying the rent and promising to pay further costs if necessary.
The story is both Christ-centered and centered around us. On one hand, the Good Samaritan represents the Lord, tending to us who have been wounded by sin, caring for us above and beyond what might ordinarily be expected. The story offers comforting reassurance that our suffering is not ignored and that God is generous in His attentions to our needs.
On the other hand, the Good Samaritan is an urging for us, that we might take up that role for others. We are encouraged to look at those around us, those who we overlook or ignore, those who make us uncomfortable or whom we dislike. We are asked to tend to their needs, even to the point of sacrificing our own desires, so that they might know healing and peace.
It takes great sacrifice, especially of our time and goods, to be Good Samaritans to others. We likewise sacrifice our pride when we allow others to serve us. May we do likewise, with praise and thanksgiving for all we have received in Christ.