Sunday, July 15, 2007
The Good Samaritan
It was explained to me at one point that the story of the Good Samaritan is also a story about mankind and God. Jesus is the Samaritan and that symbolizes our self-imposed alienation from Him. He pours oil and wine on the wounds of the man laying in the road, just as oil and wine are used to heal our spiritual wounds in the sacraments. The inn is the Church where we rest and the innkeeper is Peter and his successors. I realized how well this part fits when I stopped and thought about how the Samaritan charged the innkeeper to care for the beaten man, just as Jesus charged Peter to care for His "lambs" at the end of St John's Gospel.