July 14 – Sunday
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading LK 10:25-37
The religious officials in the story – the priest and the Levite – fail the test (probably the fear of ritual impurity prevents them from responding as neighbours to the stricken man). Meanwhile, the Samaritan, an ethnic and religious outsider, is the hero.
What is striking is how Jesus seems to 'raise the bar' when he is speaking to individuals. When he preaches generally to the crowd, he invites and encourages. But to the individuals who offer themselves, or ask further questions, he challenges them to go that bit further.
Dear God, Nowadays we have a lot of heroes in our lives. We may look at you as our greatest hero in living a holy life. Amen