15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
12 Jul 2019

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of our Lord’s best known short stories.  In this parable when questioned by the lawyer, Jesus directs his attention to what being a good neighbour entails.  Of course, the unlikely hero of the story Jesus uses as an example, turns out to be a Samaritan who acting out of sheer love and generosity instead of a sense of duty, opened his heart and recognized a neighbour, even in a despised Jew.  When it is a matter of putting ourselves out for people, we can all find suitable excuses to avoid unpleasant duties and let the opportunity to do good pass by.  Our spark of compassion is easily snuffed out as we look the other way.  The road from Jericho to Jerusalem runs through our neighbourhood and is strewn with wounded people.  There is a world crying out for mercy at our very door.  If we are alert and sensitive, we can come in contact with people who are lonely, hungry for love and attention, crushed by disappointment and failure, guilt-ridden and wounded by sin.  The Good Samaritan represents Jesus Christ who, reaching out in love, came to the rescue of the human race in its pitiful condition and healed our wounds by dying on the cross of Calvary.  That act of love cost him his life.  He expects us to stop and help those in need even though it will cost us time, trouble and expense.  The Gospel is at pains to emphasize that there is no love of God without love of our neighbour who is in distress.