The Pastor's Desk
15th Sunday Ordinary Sunday - The story of the "Good Samaritan" can recover some of its original power if we read the section immediately preceding today's passage. In Luke 9: 52-53 the Samaritans are reported as being unwelcoming and unreceptive to Jesus and his disciples, In the eyes of the Jewish people this group of people is anything but deserving of respect and dignity. Jesus' parable would have been shocking and unbelievable to the original hearers. The scholar's question which prompted the telling of this parable, "Who is my neighbor?" implies that there are people who are not my neighbor. Jesus' story gives an unequivocal response.: there is no one who is not my neighbor. "Neighbor" is not determined by physical proximity, blood, ethnicity, nationally or religious bonds. We recognize our neighbor by fostering God's generous and inclusive vision in our heart.
Peace and all good things!
Peace and all good things!Fr. John