First reading: Dt 30:10-14
Second reading: Col1:15-20
Gospel: Lk 10:25-37
UNDERSTAND | By Father Greg Friedman, OFM
Cincinnati, my hometown, is a city of neighborhoods. Cincinnatians will tell you that they’re from Clifton or Hyde Park or Delhi or Over-the-Rhine. We think locally, proud of the different neighborhoods we come from.
Today, we hear in the Gospel the familiar story of the Good Samaritan. The key question is: Who is my neighbor? When the Jewish audience first heard this parable, there must have been shock: Jesus says a Samaritan—a member of a group the Jews shunned—was neighbor to the man in trouble, because he showed mercy. This story fits into one of Luke’s special Gospel themes—the welcoming of the strangers, the outcast, the poor, into the circle of God’s Kingdom. Luke’s missionary community must have faced a special challenge to welcome people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Perhaps this is a good Sunday to examine our parish’s hospitality and welcoming attitude. Who is my neighbor? is an important question for every Christian community. Though we may take pride in the history and traditions of our parish, we cannot exclude strangers or newcomers. Rather, we must recognize Christ in the stranger, as we heed Jesus’ command to “Go and do likewise.”
DISCUSS | By Father Dan Kroger, OFM
According to the first reading, Is God’s law far away or near? Where is it?
How does St Paul describe Jesus in the second reading?
In this week’s Gospel, who asks a question in order to test Jesus? What is the question about?
ACT | By Susan Hines-Brigger
The June/July issue of St. Anthony Messenger magazine is devoted to the concept of welcoming “the other.” Read about different situations in which we can care for our brothers and sisters.