Homily...Parable of the Victim

Sometimes it's useful to turn a well-known parable upside down. This is true of the Good Samaritan parable. We all know well the message: help your neighbor (even if it's an enemy). But what if we identified instead with the man who fell victim to the robbers? Now the parable teaches us to allow ourselves to be helped by others (even by an enemy!). 

My dad has been "beaten up" with congestive heart failure & cancer in the last few months. But besides being an example of a Good Samaritan, he is also a good example of the Victim who allows others to help him: medical personnel, family members, friends & strangers. I doubt he has an enemies, but if he did, he'd let them help too!

It's not easy to ask for help. We like to be independent, self-sufficient & to go on our own. But can we be gracious & grateful to those who want to help us? It takes humility to be able to do that. But this is the way of the Gospel.