In just the past few days, we have seen the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and last night, five police officers in Dallas. Whenever tragedy strikes, fear grips us all. Fear is a natural response, and so is anger. But it is essential to remember to ground ourselves in prayer because praying is so important. However, prayer is not enough on its own. Now, more than ever, we are challenged to hold on to one of the most difficult and profound messages from scripture: do not be afraid. Through Christ, we aspire to an even more powerful truth: the truth of hope.
This Sunday, we will hear the story of the Good Samaritan. For most of us, the story of the Good Samaritan is an indictment of goodness because most of us have been taught that only the Samaritan is good—but that is not the case. All of the men who pass by the wounded man are good. They are all good on the inside, but only one makes the hard choice to act on their inherent goodness. The Samaritan chooses not to let the fear of action hold him back; instead, he lives into the hopefulness of God and chooses not to be afraid. His choice manifests his goodness in the world in a powerful way, and we have that same sacred power inside us. Our power, the power to love our neighbor, is what will inspire the world around us.
Calvary is a place of hope not just because we gather together to pray, but also because we take seriously our call to act with love. Join us this Sunday and, with God's help, be renewed to take the action of love out into the world. Together, we hold on to hope because love has triumphed over evil once for all.
Blessings to you all,
Christopher D. Girata