What a mad and tragic week for so many people here and in America. All around us the aftermath of senseless violence and hopeless despair. Too much to take in and too much to bear for many. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones and whose lives have been forever changed by the events of this week.
In a frequently harsh and violent world it is easy to believe there is no goodness anywhere, that bad outweighs good and what’s the point of anything. I understand the gut wrenching heartache of grief and the shock of loss but somewhere in all of that there is some goodness to be found.
That’s when folk rally round, go beyond the ordinary, find extraordinary compassion and kindness to help all those who are suffering. That’s when communities can suddenly find their heart again, pull together to support.
We can all be Good Samaritans and we don’t have to wait for tragedy to strike to do that. There are people all around us on a daily basis who need a helping hand, who need a word of comfort or encouragement, need to know they’re not alone. We just don’t always see the needs, don’t recognise that we too might need to ask someone for help one day.
As shattered lives are being rebuilt and physical wounds begin to heal the week’s events cast a long shadow but there is light in the dark that has not been extinguished by the carnage and mayhem. There is a resolve not to let the forces of evil overcome the good.
In the powerful story of the Good Samaritan Jesus illustrated the selflessness of the helper who responded immediately without hesitation to the situation in front of him. That same motivation to help whoever, whenever, without counting the cost is the light, the sacrifice made for others by outstanding bravery, the tenderness of a comforting hug, big hearted generosity that knows no bounds, collective prayers and thoughts that pierce the sadness.
It has indeed been a difficult week for the world and its up to us to shine whatever light we can on our neighbours and in our communities, for we never know when we may be in need of the Samaritan’s helping hands.