In the Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) for this Sunday’s Mass, Jesus gives us the exquisite parable of the Good Samaritan. His message is powerful; that neither nationality nor religion nor race should set a limit to our responsibility of coming to the aid of another human being. To grasp better his teachings, one needs to be aware that there is irreconcilable hostility, as mutual as it was deep, that marked the relationship, between Samaritans and Jews. The Samaritan showed by his action that he correctly recognised ‘a neighbour’ even in the hated Jew. Human fraternity imposes duties that extend beyond the realm of friends, colleagues and acquaintances. While sometimes it is easier said than put into practice, to help another human in need is still nevertheless the very essence of being human itself.
Jesus gave the parable to draw the right answer from a lawyer who was trying to disconcert him. The lawyer grudgingly, admitted it was the Samaritan ( “….the one who showed pity”) who proved himself in living the commandment “love your neighbour as yourself’. He then urged the lawyer to imitate in his own life what he had recognised as a truly neighbourly act;
“Go, and do the same yourself’
We cannot love and worship God without paying attention to the neighbour who are in need.
In Christ, Fr Michael