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. The one who is socially marginalized and considered far from the true cult (the Samaritan) shows himself to be sensitive and approaches the one he finds wounded.
The needs of others show us the place where God awaits us and are a stimulus for the imagination and apostolic generosity of the Christian today! As He said to the doctor of the law, Jesus tells us today: “Go and do likewise”.
Lord Jesus, You have been the ‘good Samaritan’ that you presented to us as a model of faith and love, because You took care of us, abandoned wounded on the edge of the road; but you also identified Yourself with the little ones and the poor to be recognized and loved in them. Teach us to go out of ourselves to meet and approach them to become neighbor to them.
The Voice of Emmanuel Lévinas, Lithuanian Hebrew Author Philosopher
To follow the Most High is also to know that nothing is superior to approaching our neighbor, to concern for the fate of the “widow and the orphan, the stranger and the poor”.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Pascual Chávez, SDB