Have you ever been a part of, or heard a conversation that started with “If you could be or do anything, what would you do?” How did you respond, what was your thought process?
Many of us are waiting for that big moment when we get to stand up and really show ourselves as a great person of faith/ or for those of you who don’t believe in the Eternal being, a person of great social conscience. I suggest that we no longer wait but start questing for that moment of compassion. We should begin to actively start searching during the mundane of our lives for the people of our community who are desperate, emotionally, physically, and yes, spiritually.
To our social conscience people, I have to say I am thankful for all the good work you have done already, so many charities and programs for the needy have been founded upon your shoulders and those just like you. Unfortunately many of us who profess they follow the path of Jesus have done little if anything. Too many would rather draw lines in the sand in order to separate themselves from others who are not of their same moral persuasion and in doing so communicate that you are not good enough and how despised you are. Clearly actions speak louder than any verbiage, and saying your a thing doesn’t make it so. I present the following:
Jesus: This fellow was traveling down from Jerusalem to Jericho when some robbers mugged him. They took his clothes, beat him to a pulp, and left him naked and bleeding and in critical condition. By chance, a priest was going down that same road, and when he saw the wounded man, he crossed over to the other side and passed by. Then a Levite who was on his way to assist in the temple also came and saw the victim lying there, and he too kept his distance.
Then a despised Samaritan journeyed by. When he saw the fellow, he felt compassion for him. The Samaritan went over to him, stopped the bleeding, applied some first aid, and put the poor fellow on his donkey. He brought the man to an inn and cared for him through the night.
The next day, the Samaritan took out some money —two days’ wages to be exact—and paid the innkeeper, saying, “Please take care of this fellow, and if this isn’t enough, I’ll repay you next time I pass through.”
Which of these three proved himself a neighbor to the man who had been mugged by the robbers?
Scholar: The one who showed mercy to him.
Jesus: Well then, go and behave like that Samaritan.
Everyone, are you hearing the response to the scholar. Good is Good. Apparently it’s not how we perceive a person that dictates the value of his actions. It seems that our social conscience brothers and sisters may be more right than we want to admit. Emulate what is right and quest to be a person of compassion.
“Ut ceteri vivant”