Reflection on Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan
To be sure, this parable challenges all of us to look critically at out how we treat and care for those we encounter. At the same time, there is another perspective we can use to reflect upon this gospel passage. Sacredspace.ie tells us “There’s a long tradition in the church of seeing the victim on the roadside as a symbol of Humanity waylaid and paralyzed by the forces of evil and sin – and of seeing the rescuer as a figure of Jesus coming as the saviour to bind up our wounds and take care of us.”
What a beautiful thought! We don’t have to look far to see damage caused by evil and sin, but how comforting to know God sent his very Self to bind up our woundedness, cleanse us of our sins, and give us hope!
Just as the Samaritan is a figure of Jesus, each of us can be a figure of Jesus, binding each other’s wounds, helping each other to heal, and giving each other the hope that only Christ can give us!