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One Sunday in July, we read the story of the Good Samaritan from the Gospel of Luke. It was the Sunday after the terrible shooting of police officers in Dallas. We acknowledged that our country and our world is experiencing an escalating violence that shocks our minds and tears at our hearts. What can we do? In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus was in dialogue with a lawyer who asked Jesus what he could do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked him what he thought, and the lawyer replied, “To love God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Right answer. But then the lawyer asked Jesus “Who is my neighbor?” And Jesus told this story: A man was a victim of robbers, and left beaten, half dead by the side of the road. A priest and a Levite, traveling on the same road, passed the man up, ignoring his plight. But a man from Samaria came along, and moved with pity, took care of the man out of his own pocket, making sure he would be alright. Jesus asked which of these was a neighbor to the man? And the lawyer answered: “The one who showed him mercy.” The Good Samaritan story can serve as a metaphor for what is going on in our country. The man, suffering by the side of the road, is our country, suffering the pain that violence causes. We can choose how to respond. Will we assume the role of the priest or Levite, and ignore the suffering? Or will we assume the role of the Good Samaritan, and do what we can to be a healing presence, within the context of our lives and the communities of which we are a part. Our prayer is that all of us, will choose words and deeds, no matter how small, that will bring healing, justice, peace and encouragement as often as we are able. Peace be with you.