Jesus rescues us from the pits

Today our psalm response was: You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.  It fits with the way that the church fathers read our Gospel today. We often think the message of the story is that we are supposed to be like the Good Samaritan, picking up our hurting brothers and sisters who are suffering in the ditch. There is good wisdom and truth in that. We should do that. But the church fathers said that we’re more like the ones in the ditch, and Jesus is the ultimate Good Samaritan–the ultimate foreigner, having come down from Heaven to rescue us from the pits. Today we ask God to lift us out of whatever pits we might be in, we ask that he lather us with oil (as he does in the sacraments) and take us safely from the pits to the safety of the inn, the church.