No Good Samaritan. Family Faith Focus 9 October. “Families Walk the Talk”

 Mary finished reading the news report.  “Mido Macia, 27, died in police custody in 2013 after being arrested for parking his car on the wrong side of the road, causing a traffic jam. Witnesses told the court that the taxi driver was dragged behind a vehicle through the streets and later on beaten in his jail cell.  This murder prompted violent protests. It is seen as emblematic of two of South Africa’s biggest scourges, xenophobia towards other African nationals and widespread police brutality as the authorities struggle to cut crime in one of the world’s most violent countries. Footage of the incident captured on mobile phones in a busy marketplace in  Daveyton, a township to the east of Johannesburg, showed Macia vehemently resisting arrest.  All eight police officers involved were found guilty.”  She asked, “Why didn’t anyone get involved?  Is this a modern day Good Samaritan story gone bad?” Read Luke 10”25-37.

“A man was going own from Jerusalem to Jericho and he fell among robbers…… “  

Pope Francis. Jesus knows the anxieties and tensions experience by families and weaves them into his parables: children who leave home to seek adventure, or fall prey to violence. God is not a series of abstract ideas but rather a source of comfort and companionship for every family that experiences difficulties or suffering.  AL21-22

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