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Lord Jesus,

when You wanted to teach us about love of neighbor,

You told us the story of the Good Samaritan,

who had pity on the stranger he found robbed and beaten

by the side of the road.


Grant to me and to my family, I pray,

a heart of generosity and compassion.

May we not "walk past" human suffering.

May we not be so absorbed in ourselves

that we ignore those in need,

like the cold-hearted men in the parable.


May the poor, the sick, the lonely, the elderly, the downtrodden,

all find a home in our hearts and in our actions,

and may we consider it a privilege to do

for each of these "least" of your brethren,

what we would wish to do for You.


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