The question raised in today’s Gospel is never out of date or out of season. It is perfectly natural to think of our neighbours as literally the people next-door, people “like us” as we say. But, that is to stay well within our comfort zone and, as Jesus puts it sharply elsewhere, “even the Gentiles love those who love them.” Far more is demanded, especially in today’s context of spiralling migration, with all its challenges of finance, housing, income, education of the young, work for the able and so forth. While bearing in mind the practical and social consequences, the whole thrust of the Gospel passage is to see my neighbour as any fellow human being in need.
Generous God, as we rejoice in your kindness towards us, help us to imitate your love for all without distinction. Amen.
Kieran J O’Mahony OSA