July 10
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tragedy’s Neighbor

Dt 30:10-14 / Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36,37 / Col 1:15-20 / Lk 10:25-37 

The most recent Andover tornado was rather selective in its destruction it left behind.  Where one house stood untouched, its neighbor was leveled.  There was a great outpouring of support and effort to assist those that were affected by the tornado.   Jesus shares with us the parable of the Good Samaritan in today’s Gospel.  The robbers were selective in their victim.  It doesn’t say much about the victim other than that he was a man.  We all have neighbors—do you know your neighbor?  A lot of people got to know their neighbors during the tornado cleanup.  The Samaritan probably got to know his neighbor that he helped after the robbers were done with him.  The inn keeper probably got to know the victimized man, too.  The priest and the Levite missed their chance.  They saw, assessed and abandoned their neighbor.  Being a missionary disciple requires us to get outside our reactive mode, and into our proactive mode.  There will always be tragedies on this side of heaven, but we can avoid the one of not knowing our neighbor.