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  • The 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Learning from the Good Samaritan

    The parable of the Good Samaritan, which we hear today, may be very familiar to us but we need to remember how revolutionary this story would have been for Jesus’ audience and, indeed, to recognise how challenging it should still be for us today. Geographically Samaritans were neighbours to the Jewish people but because of historical divisions and conflicts they were looked down upon, even despised by many Jews. And so it would have been a real shock for Jews to hear Jesus tell a story in which their religious authority figures – the priest and the Levite – are shown in a negative light while it is the Samaritan traveller who goes out of his way to care for the man who has been mugged and left for dead in the ditch. In this way Jesus challenges the young Jewish man whose question “Who is my neighbour?” inspires the story, to see the Samaritan not as an enemy but as a teacher and moral hero. 

    It is, of course, important to recognise that this is not an “anti-Jewish” story. Jesus is simply highlighting a kind of prejudice which, if we are honest, can be present in us all. This is the prejudice to reject or look down on someone not because of their individual identity but because of the social or cultural group to which they belong. We see their group label rather than their unique individual personality eg. a Chelsea supporter, a white van driver, someone on the other side of the Brexit debate from us… Jesus wants to expose and shatter this prejudice in us all. Think about it - the man left for dead in the ditch by the robbers on the road to Jericho is probably naked and unconscious so he has neither a give-away accent nor distinctive clothes to identify who is he or where he comes from – this is not important for the Samaritan, who simply sees a fellow human being in extreme need and so does everything he can to help him. And so he becomes a teacher to us all – like Christ himself showing how we are called to love without boundaries
       

    With warmest wishes & prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team

    Posted 15 Jul 2019, 01:45 by Marie Claire
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