Always, always remember…Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” This ancient guidance from our Savior reminds you, me and all who seek Truth, that indeed we have people to care for, people to feed, people to help and guide, and even people who need to be loved. All these and so many other countless people will enter into your life at times when you least expect them. They to a large degree will be strangers to you. Even today, right now, there are countless people whose lives you will be able to help, guide and inform. Always imitate the ancient Good Samaritan. Be there for those in need. One day, you will be in need and some strangers will help you along the way. And they will help you, not for money, but rather because their hearts, minds and spirits are already keenly aware of Christ’s presence in their daily lives.
There resting within the very depths of your being rests the Holy Spirit. This Divine Gift is exactly what calls YOU to reach out and be willing to serve others…including a stranger in need. One day, you will be a stranger in the midst of other people. They will not know you and you will not know them. You will need their help. But! They have no obligation to care for you…you are nothing but a stranger in their midst. Still, you will breathe deeply hoping, praying that someone will come and help! It happens in one’s life. If this has not already happened, I promise before you die, you too will come to see the hands of God working in your daily life. If you will not look, you will not see. If you do not listen, you will not hear. Seek our Lord. Be attentive, Be open to change. Be or become a Good Samaritan unto strangers in need. One day, Good Samaritans will enter briefly into your life. That will be a time when the Divine already had spoken unto humanity.
Samaritans and Jews could not stand one another. They had great hatred and animosity toward one another. For a Samaritan to help a Jew was forbidden. Read this Scripture story and you will be wowed!!! Live out this Good Samaritan story and you will have chosen to live out a devout and holy life. In your ongoing pursuit for Truth, never give up. Be a modern disciple with a heart afire and the wisdom of an elderly man. At the end of each day, when you have paid for almost nothing, be humbled by God’s immense blessings given unto you. Lastly, may all of us give thanks to our dear God. Amen.
-Father Michael Briese