To our Amazing Parish,
How do you become a good Samaritan?
Go Out of Your Way
It’s easy to help others when they are included in our schedules. Many of us schedule visits to orphanages, to places for the elderly, and to poor and remote communities. But, will we still help others when they are not part of our schedule? When we are on our way to work? When all we want to do is go home to our families? The good Samaritan was headed somewhere important. That's probably why he put the robbed man in the care of an innkeeper. Still, he went out of his way and took the time for the robbed man.
Give Even When It is Uncomfortable (Warning: A Little Pain is Involved)
It’s also easy to give when we have a budget allotted for it. But, what if someone suddenly asked us for help which is beyond what we were supposed to give? Will we still help? Don’t get me wrong. I really believe in giving yourself the gift of limits and giving only what your means allow you to. You also have to take care of yourself in order to be able to give more. But, from time to time, let’s feel a little hurt or ache in our giving. Let’s make a little sacrifice and give more than we were supposed to give.
Giving feels better and more genuine that way. Also, it just feels right to shake things up from time to time to see whether we are still giving for the right reasons. Giving more than what is required or more than your budgeted amount is one way to do so. I think it is also the best personal test we can do to see whether we are still giving from our hearts or not. Over time, when we budget our giving, it simply becomes a routine. The heart of giving may no longer be there. Shake things up and give from the heart again!
How about you? How else do you think can we become good Samaritans? Most importantly, don’t just learn how to become one. Be one! Take action. Help others. Love others.
(Carlo Cruz, How to Become a Good Samaritan)
God Bless you as you continue journeying!
Holy Redeemer Ministry Team:
Fr. Steve Anderson, Deacon Ken Preiss, Paul Schlegelmilch, Daniel Schmit, Raffy Urgino, Emily Arthur
Your Kingdom Come!