REFLECT – Day 9:
Today we continue to look to Jesus and how he lived out the phrase ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted’. This phrase can be found in one of the most famous sermons recorded and we find this phrase embedded into the section called “The Beatitudes”.
Today we are going to read Luke 10:25-37. You would have heard this story right from the beginning of your Christian journey. Whether that was as a child in Sunday school, a young person in a youth group or as an adult at a exploration course. Read Jesus’ story now.
The world gives us an image of the good life: to live apart from poverty, to be blind to pain and suffering and pretend they do not exist.
Jesus offers a different way: to face the truth of loss and pain, to be moved with pity and to allow that love to shape our lives and actions.
How does this story, found in Luke 10, prove this to be true?
The story of the Good Samaritan has rebuked and challenged the world since it was first crafted in response to the profound question: ‘Who is my neighbour?’
The priest and the Levite were the religious leaders of the day, who were commissioned to help, love and guide people to God. They seem to have lost the capacity to mourn. They are blind to the pain of others. Only the Samaritan, who is the arch enemy of the Jews at this point in history, is moved with pity. His compassion moves him to action: he provides first aid, offers practical and financial support, and enlists the help of others.
These are fairly easy steps that all of us could take today. Most of us have contacts we could urge to support those in need, most of us have a few coins to spare, most of us could offer basic help to those we notice are in need. If only we would be willing to stop, look, react, open up and respond.
This is the life to which Christ calls his followers: the life is shaped by mercy and compassion and mourning.
Pray for those who will cross your path today by chance who need mercy and grace.
Take down some of the inner walls which insulate you from the suffering of others.