Perhaps this Lent we could all, as we give up some creature comforts, make a resolution to “go all inn.” We can be like the Samaritan, who is Christ, and the innkeeper, the Church, and pick one of the material or spiritual works of mercy to practice each day. (The theology students at Benedictine have fulfilled their obligation today since they instructed the ignorant, me.)
To go all inn, we have to go out. We have to be on the lookout for those in need around us. And we must bring them to the Church, and check back on them, and take care of their expenses.
Mary and Joseph, in a time of need, found no room for them at the inn. May it never be said that, because of us, the inn of the Church was closed to someone in need.
Edward Mulhollandis Assistant Professor of Classical and Modern Languages at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.