"Go and do Likewise"
In the parable of the Good Samaritan in today’s Gospel, we can observe a strange reversal of roles. The people we expect to be loving, like the priest and the Levite, are not loving. Whereas the person we do not expect to be loving, the Samaritan who was hated by the Jews, in fact ended up loving and caring for the wounded man. Two important points emerge from this parable. First, it tells us that being merely a Christian is not a guarantee that we are more loving than others. Second, an act of love is always something beautiful to behold. A single act of love can
neutralize a million acts of hatred.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is real in our times too. It is present whenever we are confronted with demands on our time and resources to care for someone who needs us. The scholar asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit
eternal life?” Jesus replied, “follow the Commandments: Love of God and Love of Neighbor.” And then he asked, “who is my Neighbor?” And Jesus showed him who is a real neighbor, through the parable, and then said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Jesus tells us the same today: “go and do likewise!”
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS