July 10th. Sunday 15C.   Fr Patrick began his homily by asking, “How many Good Samaritans are there here in our parish.  We may not all have had a chance to pick up someone along the road who has been hijacked but many of us will have made sacrifices for others, even for strangers when they could just have turned away.  I want to thank especially the grandparents, mainly grannies I know, who have spent much of their lives, and their pension money, caring for grandchildren. Sometimes you have chosen to help where you could, but for others too there was little choice as little ones were abandoned by their mothers and often by fathers.  In these various ways we all have a chance to be a Good Samaritan.  

Scripture:   Read Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Pope Francis: Let us look to the example of the Good Samarian.  Jesus’ parable summons us to rediscover our vocation as citizens of our respective nations and of the entire world, builders of a new social bond. This summons is ever new, yet it is grounded in a fundamental law of our being, we are called to direct society to the pursuit of the common good, its political and social order, its fabric of relations, its human goals.  FT 66