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The man who fell in with thieves
on his way to Jericho
may have been going there
— for all we know —
to murder his mother

he may have come
from robbing the Temple
or sleeping with his next-door-neighbor's wife
— we are not told —

the man who finds him
clearly does not know

and God seems to be hammering home
blow by blow
the thought
that worthiness is irrelevant

all we need
is to recognize need


© Ralph Wright, O.S.B.
September, 2003