The Good Samaritan
October 8, 2018 Monday
27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Gal 1:6–12 Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
A teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, “Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Scripture? How do you understand it?” The man answered, “It is written: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus replied, “What a good answer! Do this and you shall live.” The man wanted to keep up appearances, so he replied, “Who is my neighbor?”Jesus then said, “There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
“It happened that a priest was going along that road and saw the man, but passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite saw the man and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, too, was going that way, and when he came upon the man, he was moved with compassion. He went over to him and treated his wounds with oil and wine and wrapped them with bandages. Then he put him on his own mount and brought him to an inn where he took care of him. The next day he had to set off, but he gave two silver coins to the innkeeper and told him: ‘Take care of him and whatever you spend on him, I will repay when I come back.’”Jesus then asked, “Which of these three, do you think, made himself neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus said, “Go then and do the same.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
One argument against the Parable of the Good Samaritan is that it is unfair to picture the priest and the Levite as remiss in helping the victim lying half-dead on the road. Perhaps they were only observing the law on ritual purity which prohibited physical contact with the dead. Take note that they were on the way to lead the offering of sacrifice at the Temple and the were supposed to maintain ritual purity. If they touched any dead person they would be barred from entering the Temple. If so then they were actually observing the law to perfection by not touching the victim even though he was only apparently dead. This argument is weak. The purpose of the parable is not to attack the law on ritual purity but to show that it was the Samaritan who responded to the situation with love. The contrast serves to enshrine the law of charity to a plane higher than the Jewish law on ritual purity. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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