by Fr Barry Cairns
The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix), Van Gogh
May 1890, Saint-Rémy.
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands [Web Gallery of Art]
One of my recent side jobs was to teach for a term as a substitute lecturer at a junior college in Yokohama. There were 30 students in the class. Many were destined to be social workers in Christian-run homes for children with disabilities, retirement homes and hospices. Not one of the students was a Christian. For this reason, the dean of the College asked me to give a ten-week course entitled simply, ‘Christianity.’ At my request each student was to have a copy of the New Testament and a copy of Shūsaku Endō‘s Life of Jesus. (Both in Japanese as were the lectures.)