Ordinary Time: August 31st
Commentary on the Readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost:
"A Samaritan (seeing the robbers' victim) was moved with compassion, bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and took care of him. And Jesus said, 'Go and do thou also in like manner'" (Gospel).
St. Bede suggests that this victim is Adam and the human race robbed by Satan. Jesus, our Divine Rescuer (pictured at right), comes to pour "wine and oil" into our "wounds": the "life"-giving Wine of His Precious Blood, the "cheerful...oil" of all His Sacraments.
Otherwise, having left the "Jerusalem" of Divine Life, how could we "run without stumbling" lifeless into the Dead Sea next to "Jericho"? "We are not sufficient of ourselves..our sufficiency is from God." Without Jesus, the Ten Commandments would be dead "letters upon stones."
What Christ does for us, we "in like manner" are to do unto others, friend and foe. "Samaritan-charity" is Christ's own teaching.