15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th July 2019
This week’s readings:
First Reading – Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Moses reminds the people that the Lord has revealed his law, so that God’s word is very close to us.
Second Reading – Colosians 1:15-20 Jesus is ‘first-born of all creation’; all else is in him, through him and for him.
Gospel – Luke 10:25-37 In the parable of the good Samaritan Jesus teaches us that our neighbor is whoever stands in need of our help.
“GO AND DO THE SAME!”
We all know that we have the duty to love our neighbor as ourselves. But most of us encounter two big difficulties in the practical application of this all-important commandment. The first difficulty comes from whom to include in the very wide category of “Neighbor.” The second difficulty is to actually love all those who fall into that category. Today’s Gospel parable of the Good Samaritan tells us that our “neighbor” is every human being, including our enemies. It also teaches us that we must show our love for all our brothers and sisters by being attentive to their needs, even at the cost of personal sacrifice. Only if we fulfill these conditions can we claim to be disciples of Jesus, the Divine Samaritan. In this Eucharist let us pray in a special manner for those who find it difficult to accept and love all as their neighbor. – from Word and life.org