Fr George Howe’s Homily Notes on the Parable of the Good Samaritan

These homily notes can make excellent points for meditation or further study. Filling out the points with references to the Scripture and the Catechism would also be useful.

PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
“Our Lord wished to convey this lesson, that the neighbour is he who does mercy and gives assistance to those in need”~Bede the Venerable.

1. The parable of the Good Samaritan, one of the most touching of all.

2. Full of varied instruction and lessons for each of us.

Points of the Parable: A CERTAIN MAN:

I. A Jew, hateful to the Samaritans: The greater therefore the merit of the Samaritan’s conduct.

II. Adam and the human race, falling into sin.

III. Each individual member of the human family.

JERUSALEM:

I. The ” Vision of Peace.”

II. The Garden of Eden and the state of innocence. Where Adam had peace with God, himself, Eve and all creation.

III. The state of grace and friendship with God.

IV. Peace and joy which God wishes all men to have.

JERICHO:

I. The “moon,” and its ever varying phases; Representing the passing goods of this inconstant world.

II. The state of sin, to which too many gravitate.

THE ROBBERS:

I. The devils, seeking to strip and wound our souls.

II. Their aids and agents the world and the flesh. Often more successful than their own direct efforts,

III. We fall into their hands, when we yield to temptation.

IV. Yet we can resist, for we have help at hand- God’s grace. “There are more with us than with them.” 2 Kings 6:16.

V. Despoiling us of divine grace, gifts of the Holy Ghost and merit.

THE WOUNDS, left in our soul, are:

I. Darkness in the Intellect, so that we see not the truth.

II. Weakness in the Will, whereby we easily yield,

III. Corruption in the Heart, prone now to evil.

THE PRIEST AND LEVITE represent

I. The Old Law, which could not repair the Fall.

II. The priesthood of Aaron, unable to save mankind.

III. The hard-hearted, refusing efficacious means
within their power.

IV. Hateful examples of unfeeling hearts.

THE SAMARITAN:

I. Christ Our Lord, who came to redeem us.

A. The oil: His mercy and love, in the Sacred Tribunal.

B. The wine: His Precious Blood, in the Holy Eucharist.

C. The beast: His own Humanity, in which He suffered for us.

D. The inn: the Church He founded on earth, which

1. Receives sinners to her bosom, and

2. Offers aid and help to their souls.

II. Priests of the Church, especially in the tribunal of Penance.

III. Any person, doing works of mercy to others.

THE HOST:

I. Christ’s Vicar, and the prelates of the Church. To these, on leaving the earth, He entrusted us all.

II. Two pence:

A. Whatever is necessary to the welfare of our souls.

B. The two-fold power of Order and Jurisdiction.

III. The return: in death and judgment, to repay,

IV. How worthy of our gratitude and love.

Resolution:

1. Be not as the rich man, refusing pity: 1 Jn 3:17- But,

2. Imitate the good Samaritan towards all, friends or foes. For all men are neighbours.

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