I avoid nursing homes: To see those who are living that nightmare reminds me of my own mammoth fear. I turn away. That is my shame. My fear is abandonment yet I abandon. I want Good Samaritans for me yet I am not one to others. Fear has been a terrible motivation in my life.
|The Good Samaritan (1562-63)|
If you and I are honest, we all must admit there have been times when our Lord’s words haven’t resonated with us. We have behaved like the priest and Levite and passed by someone in need. There probably were excellent excuses but they were excuses. The fact remained that someone needed love but did not receive it. At such moments, legitimate or lame excuses cheapened our connection to the human family ― not to mention our Christian faith.