Atchison, Kansas, February 27, 2014
Paradoxically, to be “inn” one must go out. I learned that from Pope Francis’ General Audience this week. The Holy Father, continuing his teachings on the sacraments, spoke about Anointing of the Sick. He compares this sacrament to the parable of the Good Samaritan, drawing several interesting parallels.
Obviously, the Good Samaritan takes care of the man who had been beaten. He pours wine and oil in his wounds. “Oil makes us think of that which is blessed every year by the Bishop in the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday, precisely in view of the Anointing of the Sick. The wine, instead, is the sign of the love and grace of Christ that gushes forth from the gift of his life for us and is expressed in all its richness in the sacramental life of the Church.”
Then he spoke about the innkeeper. I have to admit I have never paid attention to this character in the parable. I did not know I was the innkeeper. …