Does Pope Francis think about the “subjectivity of society,” as did St. John Paul II, who saw in society a great plurality of acting subjects, both individuals and myriad social groups, the flourishing of which the state had a duty to support, not supplant, for the common good? in Jewish thinking entrance into the messianic kingdom was equated with Let As Fr. Deo Gratias, I find these discussions, articles and this site of inestimable value. My knees and palms were washed clean, and I remember thinking that for the rest of my life, I wanted to help people stand back up.”, “The humanitarian is a treasure hunter seeking gems of remedy and appreciation.”, “Perhaps one of these days she'd surprise herself and not actually do the thing that was right and proper and best for all concerned. have been an added shock to this expert in the Law. I guess my own experience is that both concepts are OK. We had a similar discussion when the Agape vs. Phileo discussion was had. The politician, on the other hand, builds a bridge, and that too is an act of charity” (186). These are very fair points and a useful corrective to the hermeneutic of suspicion of which your account (if you will forgive me saying so) is so extreme a version. A Church-cum-NGO has given into a “demonic worldliness,” according to the Holy Father. Focus on Jesus Series And if there are enough of such men along the roadside, that “someone else” will almost certainly have to be the state, which is an expert in treating those it helps as passive objects. Perhaps most concerning of all, more than twenty percent of Republicans (23%) and Democrats (21%) called members of the other party “evil.” Only four percent of both parties think the other side is fair and even fewer describe them as thoughtful or kind. The lawyer’s flawed question sets him up for a series of misunderstandings about salvation and the absolute need for grace. There was nothing wrong with this high requirement of the law: 'The Law But the Good Samaritan poured oil and wine into the wounds of the stranger who lay helpless on the road to Jericho, and set him on the road to recovery. The Church Fathers interpreted the parable allegorically and Christologically, with Christ being the Good Samaritan, the injured man being a sinner, the oil and wine being the sacraments, the inn being the Church, etc… However, this does not necessarily mean that Jesus was primarily referring to himself as the Good Samaritan, but rather, that the Holy Spirit has added a second layer of meaning to Jesus’ words. Lk.4:12f., and there is no justification for “disconcert” in the NJB), the verb has an innocent meaning of “question” or “test the validity of what has been said”: that is what lawyers, scholars, philosophers, teachers and theologians do. 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. This is a great lesson for us; we must not only understand the Word of God, but do something about it. “It makes us uneasy, since we have no time to waste on other people’s problems. But the example of the Samaritan resists throwaway culture; instead of discarding others in need, he draws near them. For us to think we, by ourselves,  are really going to pull off loving God with our whole heart, mind, being and strength or even come close is absurd on the face of it. nine in ten Americans saying the nation is more divided now than at any point in their lifetime, Only four percent of both parties think the other side is fair and even fewer describe them as thoughtful or kind, Christians are more than twice as likely as non-Christians to blame the poor for their financial struggles, Half of Catholics say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to welcome refugees. All of this is fine enough, there are plenty of social justice themes at work here to permit such a reading and they ought not be neglected. Doing so, pushes the flesh aside and in a sense encases my mind (not brain, there is a difference) in the spirit. You have not been as generous and mild as you think and have wanted to insist that you are right and I am wrong. A priest and Levite pass also and refuse to help to victim by the roadside. What keeps us from speaking up for the poor and marginalized, being their advocate and ally? . I must die so that Christ may live in me (Gal 2:19-20). As Christ lives in them they see the Shema come alive, they begin to love God above all things and their neighbor as their very self. To my mind you are too hard on the legal scholar’s first question, Monsignor (I grant you his motives were base, but that is a different point). If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land; But if you refuse and resist, the sword shall consume you: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken! Because how we treat others (including those we might dislike or even despise) is how we treat God.

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