YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Lk. 10:25-37) Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel we have the parable of the Good Samaritan to a Jew and a scholar of the law. It was in response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” after Jesus told him to love his neighbor as himself. This is a classic parable because it clearly depicts the need to care for those who are in need. It should be noted that in the end, Jesus referred to the Samaritan who helped the robbers victim as the neighbor. Thus, the one who help is being neighbor to the neighbor in need.
The first reading is a beautiful compliment to this parable. Through Moses, God told Israel what they had been missing. They only need to carry out the commandments and everything will be in order for them. In the end, God said, “It (the command) is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you only have to carry it out.” The commands are easy to understand, very accessible, and doable. Unfortunately, the Israelites, and we can say even the people of succeeding generations up to our present time are just to hard-headed . Thus, the constant and repetitive sins through disobedience.
The readings are telling us that the key towards being neighbor is by following the commandments. The commandments include care and responsibility towards neighbours. It also includes how to be a neighbor to others. We can deduce the following points;
1. The true Christian neighbor is always ready to help.
2. The true Christian neighbor does not discriminate.
3. The true Christian neighbor does not waste time.
4. The true Christian neighbor helps fully the needy.
5. The true Christian neighbor believes and follows God’s commandments.
The source of being neighbor is love of God.