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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 9, 2016

OUR NEIGHBOUR IS GRACE FOR OUR CONVERSION

Love the Lord your God, and treat your neighbor as yourself. And who is my neighbour?

Have you ever noticed that Jesus never answers these kinds of questions directly? Instead he tells a story. He tells a story so that we can place ourselves in the midst of our own question.

Our neighbor is the one to whom we show mercy. Literally, mercy means to “to cherish in one’s bosom, to press to one’s heart.”   Mercy, Walter Kasper writes, is the fulfillment of Justice. It concerns the concept of relationship. It is not just a single action, but an ongoing attitude and posture. And it is ultimately the grace for conversion.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37)

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