From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 30th, 2008
Junior, Communication Studies
In today’s gospel Jesus is not welcomed into the Samaritan village because the villagers say it is not his final destination. When the disciples hear that the Samaritans are not going to be hospitable they ask Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus says no and they continue on their journey.
This scene could easily transfer into the 21st century. There is a telephone call, an email, or a chance encounter (the messenger). There is a friend, a stranger, or an enemy (Jesus) asking for hospitality. There is the person(s) (the Samaritans) who say(s), “no, you do not belong here.” And there are the people who seek to spite (the disciples) those who were not welcoming to their friend.
I think about how often in life I have played each one of these roles: the messenger, Jesus, the Samaritan, and the disciples. I have been asked to open not only ‘my home’ (an odd word to a college student) but also my heart to others. When I really struggle with this idea I have truly been asked to open my heart to Jesus. And I have said no at times. I too have been rejected and sought to avenge those who hurt me.
Jesus said no to seeking revenge. For me Luke’s message is not only writing about loving others; it’s about loving others enough to give and receive forgiveness. Who have I not loved? Can I really forgive myself? Who has not loved me? Can I really forgive them?
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