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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
15 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Dt 30:10-14; Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37
The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of our Lord's best-known short stories. When a lawyer approaches Jesus inquiring as to who his neighbor is, Jesus directs his attention to what being a good neighbor entails. He paints a portrait of a man who was robbed on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho and beaten within an ace of his life. The Priest and the Levite passed by on the other side of the road, because to touch the dead body would have meant their exclusion from religious service in the Temple. Their brand of worship was not inspired by the love of neighbor but by religious duty. The unlikely hero of the story turns out to be a Samaritan who acting out of sheer love and generosity instead of a sense of duty, opened his heart and recognized a neighbor even in a despised Jew.
Neighborliness is not a general attitude of helping those who are good to us, but a matter of being ready to come to the assistance of those in need, even in perfect stranger. There is to be no picking and choosing or limit to the scope of our giving. Nobody is excluded from a claim on our help because we are all God's children. The story is easily understood and painfully true but difficult to put into practice. It forces us to think about ourselves and to reflect on the quality and quantity of our acts of charity - to ask the question: 'Are we doing what Jesus would want us to do in his name?' When it is a matter of putting ourselves out for people we can all find suitable excuses to avoid unpleasant duties and let the opportunity to do good pass by. Our spark of compassion is easily snuffed out as we look the other way. The road from Jericho to Jerusalem runs through our neighborhood and is strewn with wounded people. There is a world crying out for mercy at our very door. If we are alert and sensitive we can come in contact with people who are lonely, hungry for love and attention, crushed by disappointment and failure, guilt ridden and wounded by sin.
The Good Samaritan represents Jesus Christ who, reaching out in love, came to the rescue of the human race in its pitiful condition and healed our wounds by dying on the cross of Calvary. That act of love cost him his life. He expects us to stop and help those in need even though it will cost us time, trouble and expense. The gospel is at pains to emphasize that there is no love of God without love of our neighbor who is in distress.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh,Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Father Robert Fredrickson, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, George Cole, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Steve Kulis, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Tillie Kleszcz, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey.
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