15th Sunday 2016 A.D
I was walking on a lonely street in Cebu City on early morning years ago, when I saw a man running fast towards me. Following him was another man running too, calling me to stop or tackle the first man as he was a robber. Apparently the first man held him up at knife point. Scared for my life, I didn’t try to stop the robber. I just played indifferent and went on my way. The story of the Good Samaritan challenges me as I look back at that particular incident in my youth. I was so focussed on “What would happen to me if I helped?” rather than “What would happen to the victim if I helped him?”
To be like the Good Samaritan is to help the people in need regardless. To be a Good Samaritan is to care especially for those who are helpless, marginalised, weak or oppressed. Fr Flor McCarthy SDB wrote a poem on the Beatitudes for carers. This is his reflection on today’s gospel. Here it goes.
The good Samaritan was someone who cared.
Blessed are those who care: they will let people know they are loved.
Blessed are those who are gentle: they will help people to grow as the sun helps the buds to unfold.
Blessed are those who listen: they will lighten many a burden.
Blessed are those who know how to let go: they will have the joy of seeing people find themselves.
Blessed are those who, when nothing can be done or said, do not walk away, but remain to provide a comforting and supportive presence: they will help the sufferer to bear the unbearable.
Blessed are those who recognise their own need to receive: they will be able to give all the better.
And blessed are those who give without hope of return: they will give people the experience of God.