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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul 19, 2019 | compassion, following Jesus, Good Samaritan, love of neighbor, Mass readings, mercy, parable, reflections
1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14
Resp. Psalm Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,33-34, 36, 37
2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
The theme of the readings today is very simple. Do unto others as you would have God do for you. Follow the commandments. Put God first and love your neighbor as yourself. In stating this there tends to be one person we are apt to forget. We must also love ourselves. To love ourselves means to treat ourselves as God would treat us.
It is interesting to note that the scholar gave Jesus the correct answer but additionally, he wanted to justify himself or to test Jesus. Jesus accepts the challenge and demonstrated that love of neighbor goes beyond human laws of ritual purity and even extends to those who do not believe they way we do. The priest and the Levite avoided him observing ritual purity but did not treat him with mercy as did the Samaritan. We are called to be merciful despite our differences. This does not mean we become permissive- anything goes, as in relativism. We imitate Jesus.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD