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In the 2007 movie, "Freedom Writers", a young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance for one another.
Taking place in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, the film provides a modern day parallel to our readings this week, particularly the Gospel involving the Good Samaritan. Similar to the Samaritans and Jews of Jesus's time who despised one another, the film portrays a high school in which the Latino students hate the Cambodians, who hate African-Americans, and so on. Each group follows a strict code of protecting their own.
The teacher begins to reach her students when she gives them the assignment of writing a daily journal. As they open up in their writing, they begin to understand they are not so different from one another.
Whether the parable or the film, the message is the same: God calls us to love our neighbor...to have tolerance.