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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time C
July 14, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings


The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Freedom on the Journey

Even after hearing the story of the Good Samaritan, we balk and repeat the question, who, indeed, is our neighbor? Surely not the people in our streets. Surely not the poor of the world. Surely not this particular person here and now before me.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Good Samaritan

In the Mediterranean world questions are rarely perceived as requests for information. They are almost always viewed with suspicion as a challenge to personal honor.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

To interpret the parable of the Good Samaritan, one of the elders used to say that the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho was Adam. He said Jerusalem was paradise, Jericho was the world, and the brigands were enemy powers. The priest was the law, the Levite the prophets, and the Samaritan Christ.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.


What we hear in today’s First Reading are verses of comfort. Though the laws are many and detailed, they are not strange or disorienting to their minds and hearts. Moses has said that the Lord will continue to circumcise their hearts so that they will all know to whom they belong.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Even if Jesus was not the first to combine love of God and love of neighbor, he understood that combination with a unique and radical seriousness. There can be no love of God that does not express itself in love of neighbor.