Taste and See: Help needed

There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? What do you read there?’ He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus ‘do this and life is yours.’

But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him.

He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his own mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said “and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.” Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands‘ hands?’ ‘The one who took pity on him’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Go, and do the same yourself.’

Gospel for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 10:25-37

The Lord is our rock, our sure salvation. He speaks to secure us, to draw us in the love that is life.

How many times have we heard this parable? Why is it still needed to call us to conversion.

The Lord calls, and we often pass by, looking away.

Maybe the wounded traveller is us. Maybe we need to call him, and invite him afresh to bandage our wounds and help us again to healing and life.

Detail of stained glass window, St Nicholas Chapel, Kings Lynn. Photograph (c) 2016, Allen Morris

4 thoughts on “Taste and See: Help needed

  1. Or maybe the wounded traveler is Christ, calling us to see him and his wounds and know that when we reach out to him in love, we, ourselves, are saved. Peace Father. Thank you for sharing your homilies and reflections. May God bless your ministry


      • If, as St. Ignatius recommended, we place ourselves into the story, we can imagine we are any of the four. Are we the Pharisee who sees the suffering and avoids it, because to see it would demand our response? Are we the Levite who avoids the suffering, removing himself from a similar response out of fear? Are we the Samaritan, or at least are we called to be the Samaritan, reaching out to all who are suffering in love of “neighbor”? Or are we the wounded man, as you have indicated, calling out, fruitlessly until Christ passes by? So rich a parable when we can place ourselves in any one of the positions and learn of God’s love.


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