"Which of these three was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world. ~Fred Rogers
Still in shock, we reel from the heinous, infamous bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon just short days ago. There is evil in this world. It is ever present and living high off the hog.
The innocent are maimed. Three are killed.
Murdered . . . in cold, unfeeling, violent blood. Cain against Abel.
Thou shalt not kill, says the Lord. But, mayhem, the child of Satan, begs to differ. Is allowed to differ.
Free will . . .
And, in spite of the horror, we see those giving, selfless individuals, spent by already running a marathon, sprinting for the first hospital they can find. Hearts racing, minds convicted, to give blood and comfort to the victims of this senseless attack.
Putting their own agendas on hold. Answering the call of the moment. Prepared and ready to assist in any way they can.
Free will . . .
Those good Samaritans bringing Jesus' stirring story to life in the present moment. Loving God in the present moment. Loving their neighbors as themselves.
Showing mercy . . .
Saving the day . . .
Fred Rogers' mom gave him the best advice any mother could give her child - to see the goodness, the mercy, the love in others who are willing to sacrifice their own interests in order to help those in need. A worthwhile lesson. Worth keeping close to our hearts at all times and in all places.
And, here, in the travesty of the Boston Marathon bombing, we have been blessed to witness up close the lesson of the good Samaritan in the very face of danger, tribulation, and evil.
The evil which wishes to pervade our very souls. The evil which God has promised will be conquered . . .
Are you able to see good amidst evil in this world?
Will you pray with me?
Loving Father, we don't understand the violence. We don't condone the senseless acts of hatred we humans inflict upon one another. What we do understand is that Your love knows no bounds. We pray that Your love and comfort surround each and every person affected by this recent tragedy. May they feel Your presence and know You are there for them always. Amen.