A little look into today’s Gospel:
I must say that today’s Gospel reading is at the heart of the Year of Mercy. Next to the Prodigal Son, this is a famous parable of our Lord’s when emphasizing the need of mercy in our lives.
It is clear that our neighbor is the one who is in need. Our neighbor is the most vulnerable in our community. The response to serving our neighbor is the emphasize of today’s parable. Do we find ourselves having to reschedule appointments or do we readily attend to their needs? Do we only serve the needy, when it is convenient?
We must pay attention to the fact that the priest and the Levite purposely say the man on the road beaten half to death and they purposefully ignored him. We must see those in need and purposefully make the deliberate choice to come to their aide. We must do this not for the sake of esteem, privilege, or prestige. We must do this because it is our duty, & response to our love for Jesus Christ!
Why? Because he has done the same for us. Immersed with sin, Jesus comes to us and anoints our spiritual wounds with oil and wine —- the gift of the sacraments! He leaves us at the inn with the attendant, a symbol of the Church — and it is there that we are restored until he comes again to claim us for himself.