Jun 252013


The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan

With insights on the Sunday Gospel Readings from the Revelations to Maria Valtorta
Year C  July 14, 2013
15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37
Other Readings: Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31,33-34’ 36-37; Colossians 1:15-20


I. From the Evangelical Catholic Study Bible and the Poem of the Man-God:

The lawyer.  The story of the Good Samaritan.  The Temple:  Vol. III, 280/p.38
Luke 10:25 And behold a certain lawyer, tempting Him, stood up saying, Master, what must I do to possess eternal [Heavenly] life? [No one possessed “eternal” life at this time, but were waiting for it to be given in the New Covenant – Ezek.36:26]  26 But He said to him:  What is written in the Law?  How do you read it? 27 He answering, said:  You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. {Deut. 6:5}   28 And Jesus said to him:  You have answered right.  Do this, and you shall live [in Heaven with God, for this would lead one into the New Covenant].
29 But he [knowing he fell short of this love and] wishing to justify himself, said to Jesus:  But who is my neighbor? 30 And Jesus answering, said:  A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers who also stripped him, and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead. 31 And it just happened that a certain priest went down the same way and seeing him, passed him by. 32 In like manner also a Levite, when he came near the place and saw him, he also passed by. 33 But a certain Samaritan, being on his journey, came near him.   And seeing him, he was moved with compassion. 34 And going up to him, he bound up his wounds after pouring in oil and wine.  And setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii [two days wages] and gave to the host, and said:  Take care of him and whatever you shall spend over and above, I at my return, will repay you. 36 Which of these three in your opinion was neighbor to him who fell among the robbers? 37 He replied:  He who showed mercy to him.  And Jesus said to him:  Go and do in like manner.  [Jesus, by turning neighbor into a verb is saying that anyone who crosses our path in need presents a responsibility to be neighborly.  The Jews who continued to hold prejudices against the Samaritans would refuse to submit to Christian Baptism and the Church and its faith, so they would not know the gift of the Holy Spirit and cleansing from Original Sin which, until the Atonement of Christ, had barred all humanity from Heaven. Eph.4:8-10; Lk.16:20-23]


II. From the Rest of the Gospel Story and the Poem of the Man-God:

The Lawyer and the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Vol. III, 280/p.38

Luke 10:25‑37          
Same day and still in the Temple with the crowd:  a lawyer approaches Jesus to test Him and asks how he can have eternal life.  In essence, Jesus tells him that if he will follow the example of “The Good Samaritan,” who had no limitations on whom he considered his neighbor, he will have eternal life.