We are living in a world full of beaten people who have been robbed. Of course, not all of them are beaten and left for dead on the side of the road. Some of them are children in families plagued by addiction. Some of them are senior citizens deciding whether to fill a prescription or to pay the rent. Some of them are like the members of the US Women’s Soccer team wondering why they do the same job only better and get paid less than their male counterparts.
And, if we are honest, some of them are us. Perhaps not so severe as our friend on the side of the road in our story this morning, but we have had our moments, we carry the scars. When we are able to see that in ourselves and others, we are free to proceed to the intersection of compassion and brokenness where we can offer all of ourselves, the hurt we have endured and the love we have received. In this way, the Kingdom of God comes near and God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.