Monday, July 09, 2007

Thoughts for Sunday next

Readings for Sunday are here

Early thoughts on the Good Samaritan. I have written these reflections over the past few years as this reading comes up in the Daily Office. I always seem to be drawn to the man in the ditch rather than identifying with the ones who walk on by or the Samaritan.

In the ditch
of my life
I watch.
You move
to the other side
offended by
my blood and tears.

Who will be neighbor to me?
Lying in the ditches of life
Fine words and pure rituals
cannot touch the bruises
of my being.

Will we allow a Samaritan stranger
to pull us out
of the ditch of death
heal our wounds
And put us on the road to life?

Battered and bruised
in the ditches of life
looking up into the faces
of strangers and friends
the alien and the familiar
who will show mercy?

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Art by He Qi


sharecropper said...
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sharecropper said...

Also, this always reminds of Blanche in "Streetcar Named Desire" - "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

FugueStateKnits said...

This story reminds me, sadly, of many people who have been treated better by strangers than their so-called "loved ones."
Joan a/k/a FSK

Grandmère Mimi said...

Ann, I always seem to identify with the people passing by. I guess I'm either seeing myself as not the unfortunate one, or else I'm looking for an opportunity to mine my residue of guilt from my time in the Roman Catholic Church, thinking I won't be the one to step in to help.

I like the poem.