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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Good Samaritan or Levite and the Priest?

If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?
1 John 3:17

The poor are all around us, aren’t they? It can be a coworker that is shunned by the “popular ones”. Quite possibly, it is the person who struggles to read a sign or is confused in finding their way. Can it be our neighbor, a shut-in or someone around us who is unemployed? Our wealth is not always our money. Wealth may also be our time, our interest in another, our compassion and concern. It is whatever good that God has done for us that another is lacking.

We sinned each day we passed you by
And did not bind your wound,
To this one’s pain and that one’s cry
Remaining unattuned

So doing to the very least,
We did, O Lord, to you;
For, like the Levite and the priest,
We had so much to do.

We left you lying there for dead,
Abandoned and unhealed;
In your unheeded cry for bread,
Selfishness is revealed!

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newguy40 said...

Well said.

I appreciate your relection on the fact that charity isn't always about giving the $$$. It can be about many other charitable acts as you point out. Frankly, I have to ask for the grace to see those opportunities when they happen. They often happen to me so quickly that I don't notice them 'til I fail and miss them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for helping me to see that the poor exists in my every day life, especially the lonely and rejected that are all around me at school and at work. Today's blog was really helpful, inspiring me to reach out to them.