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The Good Samaritan

The interior of St. Sulpice Chruch, Paris, France
Photo by Daniel Vordran via Wikipedia

To the crowds, Jesus preached these words, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” A lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus told him a classic parable. On his way to Jericho from Jerusalem, a Jewish traveler fell into an ambush and had all his goods stolen. The robbers beat him badly and left him by the wayside.

At different times, a Jewish priest, and a Levite passed by quickly and ignored the victim. Then, a Samaritan, with whose people Jews had no dealings, stopped and put the battered man on his donkey and took him to a nearby inn. The Samaritan paid the innkeeper for the care of the Jewish man.

The Samaritan didn’t ask, are you Jewish or Samaritan. Or, can you pay me for my service to you? He proved himself a neighbor to the ailing stranger. Next, in importance after love for God, comes our love for our neighbor, no matter what his race, color or culture. Our neighbor is anyone who crosses our path in life.

In May, 2004, I was sitting on a public bench close to the great St. Sulpice Church in Paris. At rush hour the streets were filled with traffic. Suddenly, a woman about 65 years old, moved quickly in front of me to catch a bus stopped in the middle of the street at a red light. Viola! Her shoe got caught on something and she lunged forward with a sickening thud.

The driver of the bus that she was trying to catch left his seat and rushed to her side. He, along with some other Good Samaritans, comforted her and helped her sit up. The driver stayed at her side for some 20 minutes, until the ambulance came. Her face was all bloody. I was amazed at his care for a complete stranger.

Two weeks ago, tragedy struck America once again, this time in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the last 14 days, we’ve heard the stories of the heroism, compassion and love of complete strangers – risking their own lives to save the lives of strangers they had never met. As with our Samaritan, they did not ask what religion the victim was, or pass by one that was a different color or race. Each was a neighbor, a person in need.

I have no answer for the evil that is in the world. But like the story of the Good Samaritan, I am again amazed by the care and love shown complete strangers in Las Vegas. Where there is Jesus, there is love, and where there is Love, there is still hope.

Fr. George McKenna

October 14, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,


  1. Hi FR George! Keep the writing going! It is so healing to read your words of comfort. There is so much bad news in the world and it’s easy to think ‘where is God in all of this’ but, as a priest recently reminded me, God also gave us free will. And you, Father George, wrote about prayer plus action. So, I’m becoming more vocal to elected officials on ways to protect society. It can be tempting to just check out and live in a cave (rhetorically) but the way to change for the better is to make it happen. Love you, dear friend. I hope your days are comfortable and that you are at peace.


    Comment by Nancy Westvang | October 14, 2017 | Reply

  2. Got chills reading this. You are so full of love!

    Comment by Gerry Ryan | October 14, 2017 | Reply

  3. Thank you Dear Father George, you are always in my prayers. Miss you
    Matt Marich

    Comment by Matt Marich | October 14, 2017 | Reply

  4. You always find the good. Your words are an inspiration. I look forward to reading each week.

    Comment by Nancy | October 14, 2017 | Reply

  5. Fr. McKenna – for so many years you have been an inspiration – I love that you continue to be. May God hold you in His hands and keep you healthy for many more years.

    Comment by barttimm | October 14, 2017 | Reply

  6. Father, thank you. The world needs all the stories of the best people doing loving acts of kindness. God knows them all. We need more on the front page of so called Breaking News. I’m sure bible verses are playing out in our world everyday. I love inspiration!

    Comment by Marian | October 20, 2017 | Reply

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