Homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Who is my neighbour? – The Good Samaritan
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday July 14 2019
Readings: Dt 30:10-14; Col 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37
My dear friends the pertinent question in our Gospel is ‘who is my neighbour?’ And the answer we all know to be the Good Samaritan in our story. The parable teaches that love of neighbour is universal – that is it includes everybody, even our enemies – and also concrete and proactive. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI looks at the parable in a contemporary way. He sees the entire continent of Africa symbolized in the unfortunate man who has been robbed, wounded, and left for dead on the side of the road, and he sees in us, members of the rich countries of the northern hemisphere, the two people who pass by, if not precisely the brigands themselves.
Many of us see the homeless in Ireland today as the unfortunate man in our parable and it seems the rest of society is passing them by.
But there are further injustices. What about the environment and the future sustainability of our world? We don’t seem to be taking this seriously enough. What about asylum seekers? Many consider them a problem – they have been left for dead – not wanted by society. What is our own individual attitude towards them? Would we prefer to pass by on the other side of the road?
My friends, this Gospel parable probes our attitudes and who we are. Can we be a neighbour like the Good Samaritan? Or would we just prefer to pass by?