- Sunday, 14 July 2019 -
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:25-37.

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"
He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."
He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
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Saint Ephrem
Christ comes to the rescue of wounded humanity

“ 'Which is the greatest and first commandment of the Law?' Jesus said to him: 'You shall love the Lord your God... and your neighbor as yourself'” (Mt 22:36-39). Love of God spares us from death and love of our neighbor from sin, for no one sins against someone he loves. But what heart is there able to possess love of neighbor in its fullness? What soul is there able to bring to fruition within herself, with respect to all humankind, the love sown within her by the precept: “Love your neighbor as yourself”? Our own resources are incapable, of themselves, of effecting this prompt willing, so rich in God. The only thing equal to the task is the fruit of charity, sown by God himself. By reason of his nature, God can achieve whatever he wants. But what he wants is to give life to men. Angels, kings, prophets...: all these are past; but humanity was not saved until He, who holds us by the hand and brings us back to life, came down from heaven.

Commentary on the Diatessaron, ch. 16, 9/23 ; SC 121