The Samaritan replaces judgment with compassion, fear with courage, self-interest with generosity, and separation with solidarity. In my fifth paragraph I presented the arguments of other scholars. This is what the flesh does. Next, you misunderstood what I wrote about the theology of grace. . Welcome back. (“When he left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say”), later developing into a murderous plot (Lk.19:47, 20:19, 22:2). says the LORD. These are very fair points and a useful corrective to the hermeneutic of suspicion of which your account (if you will forgive me saying so) is so extreme a version. Luke 10:25, And of course, seeing what it was that led Christ to say something helps us to look for that cause in ourselves. recognized the traditions and rulings of the Rabbis. She will be delivered by her rejected son, when he “. . Outside of Jesus, no one has Thank you so much. Powered by, New Covenant which is promised to Israel alone, Running For The Prize (Life After Justification), Quick Post on the Use of "Yeshua HaMashiach", Thoughts from Genesis on Death and the Sabbath, Thoughts on Matthew 26 - The Poor and The Passover, Introduction to Personal Bible Study - Videos, Scripturally Comforting The Bereaved - Part 2, Scripturally Comforting the Bereaved - Part 1. God can do this since he is the author of history. Fratelli Tutti recalls the many exhortations to fraternity and charity in the Old and New Testaments, so that “we can better understand the significance of the parable of the Good Samaritan: love does not care if a brother or sister in need comes from one place or another.” Pope Francis asks his … “What is more, caught up as we are with our own needs, the sight of a person who is suffering disturbs us,” he writes. I have no problem with your view or many other views of this pericope. Pope Francis notes that “Jesus chose to start when the robbery has already taken place, lest we dwell on the crime itself or the thieves who committed it” (72). A wholly acceptable and likely fact. But few of us fully understand – much less live up to – the demands of Jesus’ teaching. You read the phrase “he wished to justify himself” (Lk.10:29) as a denial of the need for grace, but the legal scholar wanted to vindicate himself dialectically, surely. The Law expert would have anticipated a Pharisee coming Such a person needs urgent care; he is passive until he recovers. The question is, Am I, or any commentator permitted to comment on an interaction of this sort using a later theological and doctrinal vision? thank you for your wonderful homily Monsignor ! took him to an inn, and cared for him. But the Good Samaritan poured oil and wine into the wounds of the stranger who lay helpless on the road to Jericho, and set him on the road to recovery. What I meant was that the theology on that subject gradually developed over a period of 400 years from St. Paul to St. Augustine. When you come in to visit me, who asks these things of you? There are no isolated monads wounded on the other side of the street! Because this parable is so familiar to us, most of us if we heard the word “Samaritan” would automatically associate that word with the adjective “good”. Jesus will not accept the reductionist demands of the flesh and its legalism. He says there are four categories of mercy But he didn’t. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need - regardless of race, politics, class, and religion - is your neighbour. First Things depends on its subscribers and supporters. He assigns… What you are expounding is a theory that is respectable but not without challenge. With patience and perseverance, I plunder on. The issue isn't who is wrong or righteous; that's obvious. An invaluable source of Great Light. Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. only the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. the famous, “That depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.”) and then to minimize the observance as much as possible by all sorts of legalistic minimalism. . Hence the lawyer seeks to quibble over a precise definition of “neighbor” and keep that category as small and minimal as possible. I guess my own experience is that both concepts are OK. We had a similar discussion when the Agape vs. Phileo discussion was had. That must some times be left ot future sermons or to the comments section! . As the bible says, (paraphrasing) speak little when you pray, the Father already knows your needs. In effect the Lawyer says, “OK, if I have to love my neighbor as myself, let’s keep the meaning of neighbor as minimal and manageable as possible.” In other words if there are too many neighbors running around, with the requirement that I love them as myself, I might not be able to pull the thing off.