Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation, for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and everything invisible, Thrones, Dominations, Sovereignties, Powers – all things were created through him and for him. Before anything was created, he existed, and he holds all things in unity.
Now the Church is his body, he is its head. As he is the Beginning, he was first to be born from the dead, so that he should be first in every way; because God wanted all perfection to be found in him and all things to be reconciled through him and for him, everything in heaven and everything on earth, when he made peace by his death on the cross.
2nd Reading for 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Christ has sometimes been seen as the Good Samaritan, and sometimes as the man robbed and beaten up.
We may ourselves identify with either character in this Sunday’s parable – and we are, for sure, encouraged to identify with and imitate the good Samaritan.
Christ forms common identity with us through love, and more extraordinarily yet, through the loving act of his Incarnation and making common home with us in this world, in the flesh.
He invites us to communion of love and life with him. He invites… we need to accept…
Stained glass. St Matthew’s church, Walsall. Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris.