Twenty-seventh Monday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday October 8, 2018 Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?… But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.  He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him…Go and do likewise.   (Luke 10: 25-37)   How shall I live this Word? The parable of the ‘good Samaritan’ is irritating, especially for us Christians. It contrasts the carefree and selfish attitude of men who by profession should be more sensitive to the needs of others, and that of the ‘good Samaritan’ who takes care of that poor man who has been assaulted, robbed, wounded, and abandoned on the edges of the road. In the world ‘invented’ by Jesus (let us not forget that it is a parable), those who by vocation are consecrated to the worship of God (the priest and the Levite) and should be closer to Him show indifference towards those in need....