Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

– July 14, 2019

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to him, what is written in the law? How do you read it?….You shall love…and your neighbor as yourself.’ He replied, ‘You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.’ And because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, ‘and who is my neighbor?’ Jesus replied…a man…”

The story of the good Samaritan is one of the clearest teaching moments of Jesus, as He used the two first testament books to describe the only way one can love God is through love of neighbor. Perhaps I am like the scholar of the law, thinking that I am in pretty good shape, as I pray, honor God and try to do the right thing. But wait a minute. Do I dare ask ‘who is my neighbor’ without fearing the consequences?

Pope Francis has called us to see the face of Christ in those who ask our help, who need our assistance. He asks two things: that we recognize the Christ in people who come to us, and to reflect the face of Christ to those who approach us. The parable ends with the scholar, unable to describe the unnamed Samaritan, saying the neighbor was the one who treated him with compassion. He was told to go and do likewise. Think today of one person or group who are looking for the good Samaritan. Do they find him in you?

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“I put before you the one great love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honor, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth” (J.R.R. Tolkien).

Welcome to all those visiting our parish this weekend and thank you for joining us for the celebration of the Eucharist and supporting our parish! Enjoy these lazy, hazy days of summer while they last. May you have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His love!

Joyfully in the Lord,



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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