Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?
- The following article is the recent editorial by Alton Pelowski, editor of the Columbia the Knights of Columbus on-line magazine.
"THE ROAD FROM Jerusalem to Jericho was perilous. Travelers were vulnerable to being attacked and robbed as they made the 18-mile descent through steep desert terrain. Jesus, in one of his most famous parables, speaks of a man who was stripped, beaten and left for dead along the narrow route (cf. Lk 10:30). A priest and a Levite passed him by; only a Samaritan, moved with compassion, stopped. He tended the man’s wounds, took him to an inn and ensured he was cared for, acting as a “neighbor” by showing mercy. Jesus concluded, 'Go and do likewise'.
Recent popes have emphasized this well-known story as central to our understanding of Christ and the Church. St. John Paul II declared, 'Christ, the Son of God, is the Good Samaritan par excellence,' and elsewhere: 'The Good Samaritan is the Church!' In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: 'The Christian’s program — the program of the Good Samaritan, the program of Jesus — is ‘a heart which sees.’ This heart sees where love is needed and acts accordingly '
Pope Francis has stressed this theme as well. In a 2013 interview at the beginning of his pontificate, he compared the Church to 'a field hospital after battle' — an analogy which he has often repeated. 'I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful,' he said, adding that the Church’s ministers must ' take responsibility for the people and accompany them like the Good Samaritan, who washes, cleans and raises up his neighbor.'
The mission of the Church, the Body of Christ, is to heal the whole person, body and soul alike. This is clear in the sacraments, including the sacraments of healing: anointing of the sick and reconciliation. The Church’s healing mission is also expressed through the theological virtue of charity. In words attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila: 'Christ has no body now but yours / No hands, no feet on earth but yours / Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.'”
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'Go and Do Likewise' His final hours give us cause for reflecting on our own lives. By Alton Pelowski, editor of the Columbia the Knights of Columbus on-line magazine (9/2019) "THE ROAD FROM Jerusalem to Jericho was perilous. Travelers were vulnerable to being attacked and robbed as they made the 18-mile descent through steep desert terrain. Jesus, in one of his most famous parables, speaks of a man who was stripped, beaten and left for dead along the narrow route (cf. Lk 10:30)........ Click here for Article
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