On Thursday night, a number of us gathered at the Rialto Theatre to watch the film, Summer in the Forest, a documentary film based around a Larche community for the disabled in France. The film also provided a beautiful insight into the life and spirituality of Jean Vanier. I had been pre-warned that the film was very slow and also that it didn’t follow the usual pattern that other documentary films follow. And that was its power. Rather than being invited to witness what life looks like in a Larche community, we, the viewer, were invited to imagine an experience of that life with its own pace and rhythm. And that can be unsettling. In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus points out that love demands of us to set aside our own timetable and plans and allow another person’s needs to take precedence. Love requires of us to set aside our own agendas and that was something that the priest and Levite in the gospel parable weren’t willing to do. My guess is that they imagined they were on important business and that their time was too precious to be interrupted. There is a certain inconvenience to caring for another person. The other makes a demand on us and at a very foundational level it is a demand for our time. Think of how the Good Samaritan’s whole day was disrupted in order that he tend to the wounds of the man on the side of the road. To love our neighbour (and God) requires that our timetable is put aside in order to give time to another person (and God).