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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 8, 2018

Monday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Gal 1: 6-12,

Gospel LK 10:25-37


There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"


He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"


Jesus replied,  "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.


They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 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. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.'


Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?" He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Good Samaritans

 

Jane was a smart intelligent girl who studied in a Govt. School in the outskirts of Delhi (NCR). As she completed her Class XII examinations in 2008and wanted to go ahead with higher studies, her parents forced her to get married to a rather elderly contractor so as to fetch her family some financial benefits. Quite accidently and because of sheer providence she came in contact with an NGO working for the youth in difficult situations who promoted her and supported her for further studies. She became an active volunteer with this NGO where she took tuition and remedial classes for such less-privileged children of her locality after her college hours. Today, graduating in journalism, she is working with a well-established Journal that is fighting for the social causes. She is grateful to the organization that changed her destiny from doom to bloom.


Good Samaritans are sometimes created offside. Coming across a number of people who were accidently or unknowingly came to lime light of charitable tasks and organizations, all invariably admit that it was providential that they became Good Samaritan to someone in need.


The ‘busy schedule’ of the present generation keeps them self-centred and selfish. To know the pain of the other and extend the possible help demands our time and energy even when we are ‘busy’. There is no need to go up to Jericho to find out he wounded ‘Jews’. They are there lying at your homes, discarded and dejected. At times a simple smile on your face can change their destinies. I always think the best evangelization and benefit for someone who is worried and anxious could be our smile-a pleasant and innocent smile that will relief them from many burdens. Many a time we become the relatives of ‘Khushvant Singh’ in our appearance-‘with malice towards all’.


Lord who has gone ahead of us, doing good to all, challenges us today to renew our commitment to the needy and afflicted. St. Paul also is asking us in today’s first reading to meditate how daringly we went against the Gospel and followed the easy way of the world. It is not wealth but the good will to see and relish the welfare of all will make us good Samaritans.


Fr. Biju Tharaniyil CMI


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