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10th July, 2016 - 15th Sunday of the Year, C

posted 10 Jul 2016, 10:23 by Veronica Yarwood

H.B .& Hw.


So, who is my neighbour? We all know, or think we do.

My neighbour is the Good Samaritan. Surprise,

surprise! But it is a revealing interpretation. Because

we are the ones who need help. We have been

"mugged" by our ego. Not that our ego is bad. It is just



So can we abide the idea that the last person in the world

we would ask to do anything for us, be the one who

comes to our rescue. That is the Samaritan, the last

person in the world that a Jew would want help from,

even in direst straights. That is the true state of the

question. Can we forego our bias, our prejudice, bigotry

and discrimination for ministry at the hands of a person

from another culture, creed, colour or country?


Just testing. Testing to see the true extent of our

compassion and our empathy. It is all there. It is there

in our true self, empathy and compassion. But when it

comes down to it, guided by our ego, we resist the

change and the growth that takes us out of our comfort

zone to live a life of unconditional love. "The ego and

the false self hate change more than anything else in the

world, and the mind is their primary control tower."

(Richard Rohr). The ego is just another word for



We would sooner just be Catholics. We do not really

want the reality we call the Kingdom, where everyone

and everything enjoys the unconditional love of God.

We would sooner just be Brits. We do not really want

to be a global people united in unconditional love. We

are happy with our national boundaries as they are. We

are not nearly ready for Jesus' boundaries which we

know only too well are nonexistent. Jesus never built a

barrier in his life, material or spiritual, to anyone or



Truth to tell, we have to empty too much of ourselves

and make space for the "not me", for the other, for the

Samaritan, the last person in the world I want to be

associated with.


But that is the size of it. My neighbour is a universal.

We empty ourselves totally to be open to all. Like the

Lord himself. It is the "self—emptying" of Christ that

brings about the salvation of the world. Paradoxical but

powerful! We are invited to say a big "Yes" to life,

infinite as it is in its possibilities. Indeed, we are invited

to be a "Yes" to life so that we may be at one with the

divine "Yes" and neighbour to all.