Good News C33
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today people are frightened to stop and help someone along the road like the Good Samaritan did in today’s Gospel story. But people are Good Samaritans in other ways. I’ll bet if you were to list the names of people who have helped you do something in your life, it would cover many pages. There are probably so many people and places to remember that you cannot write them all.
If two people are fighting, you might choose to just leave them alone and go away because you are afraid they will start fighting with you. One time when I was teaching 5th grade, two boys were fighting. I pushed my way in between them to separate them. I know what you are thinking, “Bad idea.” You are right. I got punched because they were so angry they did not see who they were hitting. They were blinded by anger. But when they heard my voice and there was no one hitting back, I was able to pull them apart.
God is there with you in times of danger, but you might not recognize him if you are blinded or unable to hear because of your anger. When you get angry, all the blood cells go to your emotions and your muscles so that you can fight or run away from the danger as fast as you can. Not many blood cells are going to the brain when you are angry. Until you stop the panic and calm down, you will not be able to think clearly. That’s why people who help in crisis like teachers, fire protection people, and police officers ask you to remain calm. If you remain calm, you can use your Brain Power to get you out of a tough situation.
What is one of the most calming things you can do in a bad situation? Use your Prayer Power. Ask God to help you. Say the Our Father or another prayer or just chant a phrase over and over again. “All things are possible through God.” “God is here with me.”
Sing a calming song in your head or out loud right now.
Remember that God is right there at your side. If your shoulders are hurting, ask God to carry a few of your troubles for you. If your feet are hurting, ask God which way he wants you to walk. If your back is hurting, forgive yourself and everyone who has hurt you. God want you to forgive everyone, even if they are not sorry that they hurt you.
To be a good Samaritan, you don’t have to help a stranger. You are being a Good Samaritan when you help your sister, father, or neighbor down the street. Whatever you do for anyone, you are doing for God. See the resemblance of God in the people you help. When you look in the mirror, you are looking at a true reflection of God. You were made in his image. If you can see God in yourself, you will more easily recognize God in others. To become more like God, he asks us to love one another by helping others.
If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know how to help another person or are afraid to help them, ask God to send someone who can help them. This is one of the best ways to help other people. Pray for them.
Say the “Our Father” and ask God to calm you on the inside so that you can assist the people who need your help in life. Ask God to send help to those who need help. Thank God for all the people he has sent to help you in your life.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards