"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise."
- Mother Teresa
In today's Gospel reading (Lk 10:25-37) about the Good Samaritan, Luke reminded me how hard it is to really follow the Golden Rule.
On the surface, it seems easy. I mean, most of us, if we saw a person injured on the side of the road, would stop and help. (Or at the very least call 911, right?)
But when you dig deeper into the historical significance of the parable, you realize it isn't so easy after all.
Jews and Samaritans despised each other. The Samaritans taunted the Jews. In return, the Jews considered the Samaritans to be unclean outcasts, and cursed them when seeing them in synagogues. It was a rivalry that had been in place hundreds of years before Jesus.
And so this parable wasn't just about loving and helping a wounded person by the side of the road. It was about loving and helping a hated enemy.
I don't know about you, but I have a hard time loving the guy that cuts me off on the highway, let alone a hated enemy.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again .... I've sure got a long way to go!