Gospel Luke 10:25-37
Think about how contradictory we are as Catholics / Christians. All of us want to go to Heaven but don’t want to die, we want to see the Lord but don’t want to depart from the world in which we are too in love with. We want to see God but refuse to see Him in the poor in our Church, the guilty, the drug addict, the prostitute and the person we don’t like. But He is there.
Today’s 1st and 2nd readings speak of an invisible God but God is everywhere. Today we are invited to see our contradictions. We like nice homilies otherwise the Priest is boring, we like a Church where miracles are performed otherwise the Church is boring. Let us not want entertainment at Church but let us come to Church to nourish our vocation as Good Samaritans, to see the invisible God where we refuse to see Him.
Who is your neighbour? In married life and families that sleep under the same roof, share the same bed and same pot, the furthest person to you is the one closest to you. We feel empty no matter how many WhatsApp messages we send. Your neighbour is your wife, your mother in law, your sister. Your neighbour is in your home yet how far are you from these people?
We should follow the actions of Jesus Himself, through the wine of healing and the oil of consolation. As an act of charity we give out clothes and money but its not enough. Action is first required to see the physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs of our neighbour. We have a lack of compassion and we justify ourselves – we say ‘it’s not my problem’ and we say ‘shame’. But that’s not enough.
The word compassion comes from the Latin word compati which means ‘suffer with’. We need to feel together, suffer together and imitate the Good Samaritan by seeing, having compassion and walking close by. The Church is the inn, the hospital that we need to bring those that have run away to. How many people are waiting to be called back? All that is needed is a simple act from us that reminds others that we care.
Who are you today? Who can you identify with? Are you the Good Samaritan or the one beaten down and cast out, condemned, the victim that needs the Good Samaritan? If we are the ones in need of help then we need to say it, we need to break our walls of arrogance and ask for help. Let us pray today that the Good Samaritan is coming in you and me with the desire to heal our brothers and sisters. Let us make our cup of contradictions narrow and not justify our excuses. We are called through the signs in our community. As a Church we cannot be silent, we have to face challenges, look for solutions, we have to see, pass close by and heal. Let us pray for the strength and wisdom to do the best for ourselves and our families in building the Kingdom of God. Amen.