Reflection – Fr. Michael Casagram – “Who is the real Christian?” 10/5/20

(Gal. 1:6-12; Luke 10:25-37)

+Our gospel this morning is more relevant than ever in our world today. A scholar of the Law, trying to justify himself, asks Jesus “who is my neighbor?” This is a question on the minds and hearts of Christians all over the world as victims of the pandemic continue to grow, with migrants, with the many suffering from natural disasters like the flooding in France or the fires in California, when we are faced with the millions starving or destitute. It is so easy to look the other way.

There is a way in which Jesus really doesn’t answer the question of the scholar of the law as to who is my neighbor but tells him and all of us who is the neighborly person toward the man left half dead along the roadway. Our hurting and destitute neighbor is not hard to find but the one who is truly loving toward him is! The priest passed on the opposite side of the road, the Levite did the same but then there is the Samaritan who is moved with compassion at the sight. The real Christian is the loving and caring one.