Everyone dreams of being the hero.
Bringing down the wall. Stopping the tanks. Taking down the enemy.
Changing the course of history.
Jesus told a parable about a samaritan who acted heroically, and he challenged us to go and do likewise.
When the Samaritan found the man half dead in the ditch, he was probably on his way to do important things. He had life plans, he had responsibilities, just like you. He wasn't looking for another cause, but he chose to
Today in Syria, millions of civilians are suffering at the hands of an evil dictator and Islamic extremists. They have been bombed without mercy and slaughtered indiscriminately. Two million refugees, half of them children, are now abandoned, destitute, and suffering.
Heroes are not limited by culture, distance, cost, or risk. Their only limitation is choice. A choice to stop and intervene on behalf of the helpless, or go through life with disregard.
Hero's pay the price, take the hit, get their hands dirty for those who can never repay.
Today we are the Church. We can be the good Samaritan.
￼￼￼Let's lock arms and be the hero.
___________ Photo Credits ____________
Damaged buildings line a street in the besieged area of Homs January 27, 2014. The United States on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government said women and children could leave the besieged city and that rebels should hand over the names of the men who would remain. A U.S. State Department spokesman said an evacuation was not an alternative to immediate aid.
A man walks past a burnt car and damaged buildings along a street at the al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs November 19, 2012.
A man holds an injured boy who survived what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces, in Al-Shaar area in Aleppo February 3, 2014.
People carry the body of men, whom activists say were killed by the Syrian government army, in Taftanaz village, east of Idlib city April 5, 2012. Picture taken April 5, 2012.
REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
A general view of damaged buildings in Jouret al-Shayah, Homs February 2, 2013. Picture taken on February 2, 2013.
A general view of damaged buildings in the Homs neighborhood of al-Qarabis September 20, 2012. Picture taken September 20, 2012.
The bodies of children whom anti-government protesters say were killed by government security forces lie on the ground in Huola, near Homs May 26, 2012. A Syrian artillery barrage killed more than 90 people, including dozens of children, in the worst violence since the start of a U.N. peace plan to staunch the flow of blood from Syria's uprising, activists said on Saturday. The bloodied bodies of children, some with their skulls split open, were shown in footage posted to YouTube purporting to show the victims of the shelling in the central town of Houla on Friday. The sound of wailing filled the room.
REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
Red Cross members and an army soldier carry a wounded woman at the site of an explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut February 19, 2014. The explosion on Wednesday appeared to be caused by a twin bomb attack using a car and a motorcycle, security sources said.
Men help a wounded boy who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.
A man carries an injured child after a bomb explosion in front of the al-Hejaz train station in central Damascus November 6, 2013 in this picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. A bomb exploded in central Damascus on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 50, with women and children among the casualties, SANA said.
REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters
Civilians carry their belongings as they walk towards a meeting point to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs February 7, 2014. Syria evacuated three busloads of civilians from a besieged area of Homs on Friday, the first stage of a planned three-day humanitarian ceasefire in the city which has suffered some of the worst devastation of Syria's three-year conflict. The buses carrying dozens of weary-looking evacuees, accompanied by Syrian Arab Red Crescent officials, arrived at a meeting point outside Homs watched by soldiers and police.
Photo of Mother Teresa © Yousuf Karsh