Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Colossians 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37
Several years ago, a friend and I were walking through our neighborhood. One particular house in the neighborhood of neatly trimmed front yards and well-kept homes really stood out. In reality this house was a dilapidated shack. As we walked by, a woman from the neighborhood, someone we had never met, asked us if we could assist the couple who lived in this house. We agreed and were led to the rear of the house where we found the couple. They were quite elderly and obviously intoxicated. The man was yelling at his wife and berating her for having left the keys in the locked house. We asked if we could help and were told that there was a window in the front of the house that was unlocked. We got an old chair and positioned it under the window. When we opened the window, the stench that hit us was astounding. We were able to help the man into the open window, since he would not allow us in. He opened the front door, let his wife in, slammed the door shut, and closed the open window.
We asked the neighbor if she knew of anyone, a friend or relative, whom we could call to get these people some help. I will never forget her answer. She simply said, “What church do you two guys go to?” Was our Catholic “showing” that much? Each time I hear the parable of the Good Samaritan I think of this experience. We are all called to give assistance to those in need. I never realized it until that moment, but when we do so, our actions really do say something to those around us. Let’s take the time today to ask God to strengthen us in our efforts to help the poor and needy.