The Good Samaritan After William Hogarth (British, London 1697–1764 London) Etching and engraving, February 24, 1772 Metropolitan Museum of Art
[Jesus replied,] “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
[The scholar] answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
It’s a directive from the Lord: Treat my neighbor with mercy. That means extending compassion to someone who is suffering; listening when someone needs to talk; visiting someone who is lonely; feeding someone who is hungry.
It’s about noticing others. It’s about paying attention. It’s about letting go of indifference. It’s about taking care of you and me and all of us — precious members of God’s beloved human family.
The Seventy-two Disciples tempera on parchment Ethiopia, ca.1480-1520 Getty Open Content Program Ms. 105 (2010.17), fol. 9
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,
brothers and sisters. Amen. Galatians 6:18
The grace of our Lord touches our hearts and spirits with the desire to do good, forgive wrongs, bring healing to those who are suffering, be peacemakers, let go of blame, and take responsibility for our actions and attitudes.
We are good and trustworthy. That is why the Lord sends us into the world to sow and harvest love, compassion, and nonviolence.