The Catholic Church: A 5 Star Hotel on the Way Home

From Doing Theology, by Jared Wicks, SJ:

[Origen’s interpretation of the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-35.]

The man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho is humankind expelled from paradise, who is beset by evil spirits who strip him of heavenly grace and inflict dire wounds on him. But the Samaritan who came down was Christ the Son of Man, who brought with himself numerous medicines. In the inn of the church the fallen creature will be restored to health until his kindly benefactor returns.

I posit that while Origen imagines the inn to be the Church, the innkeepers (the ones who nurse the fallen creature to health and cares for him) are our priests. They are the ones who lead us from the brink of death back to life. As I would imagine the innkeeper in the tale would tell the beaten man of his kind benefactor, our priests tell us of our savior, Jesus Christ.

Certainly, to be an innkeeper in charge of a seriously ill man cannot be a fun task all the time. And certainly, it cannot always be a fun task to shepherd us wayward sheep. However, comfort can be taken by our priests, knowing that the Samaritan will return and reward them/pay them back for all the good they did in taking care of the ill man during his absence.

Just my two cents. 🙂

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