• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 12:07

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C - 2019

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

 

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year C

Readings: Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

Go, and do the same yourself?

 

Fr Prakash Menezes SVD 150The familiar parable of the Good Samaritan is once again given to us today to reflect upon the need to reach out to the ‘other’. Jesus makes very clear today the notion of the ‘other’ and how this ‘other’ matters to us in our life. And he says, “Go and do the same yourself”.

As the followers of Christ, each one of us is called to care for our neighbour and this neighbour could be anyone, doesn’t matter their colour, creed, sex, religion, and so on. What is important is, ‘this person is in need and I am here to reach out to them’. Unfortunately, that was not the response of the first two people that passed by the injured person. They were so engrossed in their own way of thinking and acting, they could not see the need of the injured person. They were so worried about the consequences of their act of helping this person, that, they failed to see the suffering of another human being. But it is not new, we see this happening every day. Just turn on the news channel on the television!

That is why Jesus challenges the scribe to go and do the same as the good Samaritan did. It is not easy, it is not something comes to us naturally, it has consequences, it needs time and sacrifice from our part. We may be looked down upon by other people, we may be shamed by the society, we may have to explain forever the happenings, but, in-spite-of all the above, the need of the person concerned overpowers everything.

That is one thing I always appreciated on our roads here in Australia, whenever an emergency vehicle comes by, we give way (Yes, that is the law, but I think the good will of the people does show in this act!).

So how can we “Go and do the same yourself”? I don’t think it is something impossible to do. What we need is the vision to see the need of the people. What we need is a compassionate heart, a desire to be with the people. And, the courage to stand up to criticisms and challenges whenever they come. Therefore, let us take this message to our heart, as Mary Mackillop said, “Never see a need without doing something about it”. Let us be open to the promptings of the Spirit to open our eyes and heart to the people around us. Let us be genuine in reaching out and not just ‘help’ for the sake of helping (Which unfortunately happens, sometimes, in the name of charity – ‘oh those poor people need something, so let us give them or else we will be blamed!’).

Go and do the same yourself is packed with meaning and challenge. It is one thing to say it and hard to do. But Jesus himself did this. He reached out to people, as many as he could, and he calls us to do the same. Let us see that injured person on the roadside, that sick person in the hospital, a neighbour who has just lost a loved one, a colleague who is being bullied by others, an old lady who needs her garden tended, a homeless person who is looking for food in the bin, a drug addict, an alcoholic, the list goes on and on. Let us start with one person and soon we will be able to live the challenge Jesus gave us.