Anyway, all that to say, that I'm thinking about Yoda's wisdom, "do or do not, there is no try" this morning as I read Jesus' Parable of the Good Samaritan. Twice in the interaction with the lawyer Jesus uses that scary, two-letter word, "do."
"You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."
"Go, and do likewise."
The "do" that Jesus is talking about is particularly difficult. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself."
Do that and you will live. In the words of my 16 month-old daughter, uh-oh.
And then there is that pesky call to "show mercy" which is amazingly hard to do. Being merciful is a specific quality of God. Our Muslim neighbors, when they utter the divine name, Allah, always follow it with two qualities of God, most gracious and merciful.
The "do" that Jesus is demanding of his inquisitor is love and mercy. The "do" that Jesus is calling us to is to emulate God. And this is something you either do or don't do, there is no try.
Not sure if I'll invoke Yoda from the pulpit this week. I'm not quite nerdy enough for that. But, the point remains. We're called to "do."