Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary TimeJuly 14, 2013
COMPASSION THAT LEADS TO CONVERSION
In our first reading, Moses tells the people that the voice of God is not simply written in a book, but on their hearts. God is not distant, but indeed very near. But in order for God to be known, Jesus challenges us with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
This parable is not really about our neighbor; rather about those least like our neighbor. In Jesus’ day, it was a given that care for those in our local community; thus our “neighbor” meant something different.
The story is undoubtedly one which illustrates divinely inspired compassion. The ability to see, not with our own eyes, but with the eye’s of the other. But the lesson is more than simple compassion or justice. If you look deeper, you will see that compassion leads us to conversion.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69; Collisions 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37)