15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Published on 08 Jul 2019
Van Gogh painting of the Good Samaritan helping the traveller.

The Word is very near you

O God, who show the light of your truth

to those who go astray,

so that they may return to the right path,

give all who for the faith they profess

are accounted Christians

the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ

and to strive after all that does it honour.

The Liturgy this Sunday takes us to the very heart of how we are called to live fully human lives as the Body of Christ alive in the world today.

We are reminded in the First Reading that we do not have to search far to find God. The Word of God is in our hearts to be felt, and on our lips to be proclaimed to the world. God is within us and all around us!

In the letter to the Colossians (Second Reading), this revelation is expanded further. Christ is the beginning and centre of all things, forever expressed throughout creation. Christ is in all that we see and all that is known to us, and is also in all that is hidden and beyond our comprehension. As a community of believers in God’s law of love, we are Christ in the world today, united as one through Christ.

The Psalm is an expression of our need and yearning for God’s compassion and love. God is forever turning towards us with that love.

The Gospel challenges us to take our faith to a deeper level. We are called to love God with all our heart, soul and being, and this love is to be demonstrated not only in how we relate to ourselves but in how we relate to our neighbour. Jesus wants us to be aware that his Spirit of love is being expressed in the world by people we might even hold in contempt. There are no limits to God’s love, and God will always find a way to break through the barriers of our fear and prejudice. This challenge may seem overwhelming, but we are not alone; we are one in Christ. Let us encourage and support each other through prayer, confident that God’s law of love will be our guide.

The Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.    First Reading

Lord answer, for your love is kind; in your compassion, turn towards me.      Psalm

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.   Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Deuteronomy 30: 10–14; Ps. 68 (69); Colossians 1: 15–20; Luke 10: 25–37