Brussels. October 3, 2016

Sitting in the airport at Brussels feeling somewhat lost, until I read the gospel thus morning telling the story of the Good Samaritan. A too familiar tale that has become domesticated: we know it too well and it’s impact is blunted. An enemy, a Samaritan, caring for his enemy , a Jew, in s most extravagant manner. He went way beyond all expectations as the wounded Jew’s own countrymen avoided him like a leper. How can I be a neighbor, not just to to an enemy but a stranger?

In this strange airport I encountered a young man in one of the shops sold  me an adapter for my I Phone. I actually forgot to put one in my carry on, while having a half dozen in my checked backpack. This  young salesman went out of his way to help me, even offering to charge the phone himself. I walked out of there with a spry in my step. Kindness goes a long way, transforming a stranger into a neighbor. And I haven’t even started walking yet. What stranger in your life can you transform into a neighbor, if even for just a moment in time?

Buen camino

Fr. Frank

6 thoughts on “Brussels. October 3, 2016

  1. Ann says:

    A wonderful way to start your Camino. I’m sure you will touch many neighbors on the way just as this young man touched you. God bless you!

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  2. Mary Heider says:

    Had many of these experiences on my Camino as well (I left my adapter in the albergue in LaFaba). Got horribly lost in Santiago after dark and came upon a young couple who walked me at least a mile to the street I was looking for. I gave them hugs and told them they were angels to me, and the young man laughed and said, “That’s funny! My name is Gabriel!” Walking with you, Frank John!

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  3. Tom & Myrna says:

    Thanks Father for another thoughtful posting. You always seem to find deeper meaning in everyday events. Walk well and know you are in our prayers. Peace.

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