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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 10, 2016

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Who Is Your Samaritan?

The action of the Samaritan traveler is astounding. This man has every excuse in the world to mind his own business and to keep on moving. A Samaritan in Judea, on the wrong “turf,” he is himself an automatic target for hostility.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Freedom on the Journey

When I inspect the abyss between the holy desires God has placed deep in my soul and the sorry fruit of them, I can only turn to the words of Paul, realizing once again that I will never find peace or reconciliation on my own.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The Good Samaritan

The lawyer’s question was: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus’ question is: “To whom must you become a neighbor?” The lawyer realizes that one must become a neighbor to anyone and everyone in need.


from the
Early Church

Origen of Alexandria

After bringing in the man half dead the Samaritan did not immediately depart, but remained and dressed his wounds by night as well as by day, showing his concern and doing everything he could for him.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Christianity says a preliminary “yes” to the world as God’s creation, and a preliminary “no” to it as subject to the powers of evil. But it says an ultimate “yes” to the world, because that world has been reconciled through the blood of the cross.