“In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.”
~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
After the storm last night, the morning brought sunny skies and more dreaded heat. I arrived at St. Gabriel’s by 8:30 to man the door for greeting. (Or woman the door, in my case.) Father Don stood outside for a while, shaking hands with parishioners on their way in.
He was on his way to a conference, thus the briefcase. It was funny, because before he left, he turned to me and said, “I hope we have a priest to say Mass this morning. Did you happen to see Father Charles come in?” I assured him that indeed, I saw Father Charles walk in. He sighed with relief and was on his way.
Today’s Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan. All the supposedly good people passed an injured man lying bleeding on the side of the road, they went out of their way to avoid helping. The Samaritan not only stopped to help, but he dressed his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for his care.
My take on it…you need to help all those in need, not just if someone is watching or just for the credit.
Random acts of kindness are the foundation of a good strong world. If you’ve noticed lately, things aren’t going so well. Our foundation is a bit shakey. We need to get back to the old, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” and “Do unto others…”
Today’s Gospel was very appropriate and much needed, especially this week in the Dallas area.