Thought of the day
Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time

"A Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight"

A Samaritan came down that road. “Who has come down from heaven except the one who has gone up to heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven?” (cf. Jn 3,13). Seeing that man half-dead whom nobody before had been able to heal..., he approached him; that is to say, by accepting to suffer with us he became our friend and by taking pity on us he became our neighbor. 

“He dressed his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them”. This doctor possesses many remedies with which he habitually heals us. His words are a remedy: with one he binds up wounds, with another he pours ointment over them, with another astringent  wine... “Then he lifted him up on his own animal”. Hear how he sets you there: “It was our infirmities he bore, our sufferings that he endured” (Is 53,4). And the shepherd, too, set the exhausted  sheep on his shoulders (Lk 15,5)... 

“He took him to an inn and cared for him”... But the Samaritan could not long remain on our earth; he must return from whence he descended. So “the next day” – what is this "next day" if not the day of the Lord's resurrection, of which it is said “This is the day the Lord has made” (Ps 118[117],24)? – “he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction: Take care of him”. What are these two coins? Perhaps they are the two Covenants, bearing the likeness of the Eternal Father, and at whose cost our wounds are healed... Happy that innkeeper who is able to tend another's wounds! Happy the one to whom Jesus says: “If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back”... Thus he promises a repayment. When will you return, Lord, if not at the day of judgement? Even though you remain always everywhere, standing in our midst without our recognising you, the day will come when all flesh shall see you coming. And you will repay what you owe. How will you repay, Lord Jesus? To the good you have promised an immense reward in heaven yet you will pay back even more when you say: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy” (Mt 25,21).