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Reflection on Luke 10: Christ the Samaritan

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My parish priest gave an excellent homily this week and made great justifications on natural law.  This week’s gospel centered around the one question that we must all ask ourselves in our lives:  what happens when I die?  In Luke 10, the question is phrased as “What must I do to obtain eternal life?”  And Christ gives a simple answer and goes into the parable of the Good Samaritan.  He also made great analogies of the parable to the entire economy of salvation within the parable and I wanted to capture some of the notes here.

  1.  The man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho (Jerusalem symbolizing heaven; Jericho, being a descent.)
  2. The traveller chose to travel alone (a symbol of free will) despite the dangers on the descent.
  3. He is robbed and beaten, stripped and left half dead (evil and its influences)
  4. A priest walks by and steps on the opposite side of the road (symbolizing the priests who claimed to know the Mosaic law, but misinterpret the spirit of the Law).
  5. A Levite walks by and steps on the opposite side of the road (symbolizing the notion that man cannot save man.)
  6. A Samaritan (the archnemesis of Jews, a man rejected by his own because he is mixed [cf. divine/human]) comes down from Jerusalem (cf. Christ’s coming) is filled with compassion at seeing the man half dead (dying in the soul). 
  7. The Samaritan tends to the man’s wounds with wine (blood) and oil (grace).
  8. The Samaritan carries the man to an inn (the weight of the cross) and pays the innkeeper (the Church) two silver coins to care for the man until his return (Parousia), saying, “if you spend more than what I have given you, I will repay you upon my return.”

Natural law is knowing what is right and just.  “Natural law is written upon the hearts of man,” (Romans 2:14-15).  There wasn’t a need for this to be promulgated. . . we all know certain laws inherently.  Church principles never contradict this law.  Perhaps that is why it is so persecuted?

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Written by Written Straw

July 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

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