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Go and Do Likewise

– 27th Week in Ordinary Time –

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” [Luke 10:29]

In today’s Gospel, a lawyer asks Jesus: who is my neighbour? Jesus responds to the lawyer with the parable of the Good Samaritan. In one of the most well-known parables, Jesus tells the story of a badly beaten man who lay on the side of the road and was ignored by a passing priest and a Levite.

However, it was a Samaritan man who stopped and bandaged the beaten man’s wounds. Although many people despised the Samaritans, Jesus describes the actions of the Samaritan as one who gives an example of what God’s love is like and who our neighbour is.

The Samaritan is the one who acts with genuine mercy and love. The Samaritan’s heart and emotions are moved “with pity” (v. 33). Whereas, the priest and the Levite saw the man, but their hearts remained closed. Through the Samaritan’s actions, we see how to love our neighbour, but we also see something more.  We see God’s love and compassion. We see God who is close to us and meets us with the same compassion that the Samaritan shows. We see God who does not ignore us, but knows our pain, and is moved to help us in ways we don’t always understand. 

Each of us must search our hearts to discern whether we truly know that God loves us the same way, has compassion for us, draws close and heals us.   We also must respond to Jesus, who tells us, “Go and do likewise” (v.37).

 

By Lisa McKerr


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