Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Good Samaritan

One of my favorite stories is the parable of the Good Samaritan. For those unfamiliar with this parable, Jesus told a story about a Jewish man who had been beaten, robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. He went on to tell the story of how his fellow Jews had passed by the man and it was the "lowly" Samaritan who bound his wounds, took him to the inn and gave him money. The joke of course was that the Samaritans were loathed by the Jewish people.

We can find people who need help everyday. It is our spiritual choice whether we ignore that person or become proactive and do something about that situation  When we have courage and embrace our humanity then the second choice is quite easy, after all people's actions (or lack of actions) define their spirituality.

I talked to one of my disabled friends today and she told me how she has been castigated by her own family because of her illness. When she addressed them about the neglect, they were silent and offered no apology. This is quite a common occurrence among my disabled friends, they are discriminated against because of their disability, a clear form of hatred.

Humans are tri-beings, meaning they are body and mind but also spiritual beings.  Neglect of our spiritual nature is the work of this world we live in today. What does it profit a person if they gain the whole world but lose their souls in the process?

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