14 July 2019
XV Sunday of ordinary time
The Word of God is very close to us and urges us to be close to and close to others, in the gestures of mercy and compassion.
Deut 30:10-14; Ps 18 (19); Col 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37
«This word is very close to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you put it into it practice», announces Deuteronomy. We experience, however, the proximity of the word of God to our life when it urges us to become someone else’s neighbour, according to the logic of compassion and mercy that are embodied in the figure of the Good Samaritan, who is first of all, a Christological image: Jesus himself reveals it to us. The priest and the Levite walk down the road that goes from Jerusalem to Jericho: they are probably returning from the temple, where they have paid their cultic service. They listened to and celebrated the word of God making, a cult that (…) but it remains sterile and idolatrous, since it does not generate mercy. The Samaritan, who was in Jerusalem for other reasons (his temple is elsewhere, on Mount Garizim) knows instead how to render the true worship pleasing to God, because he knows how to worship the needy man. He does not separate the love of God from love for others. It is he, with the gestures of his compassion, who becomes the true temple of God (also a Christological figure!), in which, as Paul writes to the Colossians, they meet and they reconcile «the things that are on the earth and those that are in heaven».
Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza
Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey