“I tell you solemnly, whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me” (Jesus, Matt. 25)

This week we are invited to reflect on how we see other people. It is so easy to let our first impressions, or prejudices, colour our feelings about them.

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus challenges our impressions of people. The Samaritan, looked down on and despised by most people, would be the one expected to ignore the needs of another person, not the priest or the good Jew. Yet, it was the Samaritan who recognised the needs of the man who had been attacked and without a thought helped him.

To see people in this light is to make being a Good Samaritan easy since in serving others we serve God!

Help us Father to be sensitive to the needs of those around us.

Our parents, carers, brothers and sisters who we perhaps take for granted.

Our friends need our support in many different ways. People we have never met,

or will ever meet depend on us in ways we will never know in this life.

Grant us the help we need to recognise their needs and to respond.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.