The parable of the Good Samaritan rings truer than ever in these violent and stressful times. In it we learn of the kindness of the Samaritan, but also of the innkeeper who cared for the man who had been robbed, trusting that the Samaritan would indeed return to compensate him for his caring. We can appreciate their willingness to act with kindness and decency without disparaging the Priest and the Levite who passed by on the other side, but even today our response to those in need is determined too often by the response of others. This story calls us to renew our caring for the needs of those around us. God has set us as examples to the world; when we get involved, others will also, loving God by loving our neighbors without thought of reward. The Gospel reference is Luke 10:25-37.