Harbor the Harborless!

Luke 10:33-34

But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

We are made for a place.  To belong to somebody is to belong somewhere.  This is true even of very mobile families (such as military families) and of nomadic peoples, such as Bedouin.  To have a place is not necessarily to have a fixed location.  A child is always on the move, but a child's movements have a place — in orbit around Mommy and Daddy.  So there's a difference between place and location.  Location is just a point on a mathematical grid.  Place is anywhere a relationship exists.  The good Samaritan refused to deny his relationship to the suffering man.  In so doing, he created a place for him where a moment before he had been just a victim located next to a highway. Risky? Yes. But it also an act at the heart of mercy.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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  • Guest

    Well said, Mark. A very wise colonel once gave me similar advice about the frequent moves that accompany military life…”Keep your family strong,” he said, “and your family will always have a home, even in a foreign land.”