That question so old and so crucial: "Who is my next?»

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

DEMAND THAT MUCH MUCH ANCIENT AND FUNDAMENTAL: "WHO IS MY NEXT?»

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The neighbor who needs the material charity today, is not only the clochard or the migrant, but also the unemployed, the disabled and the elderly abandoned by all. They need material charity those fathers or mothers who have undergone a divorce and unjustly are distant and impoverished by the presence of their children.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p. during the celebration of his first Mass

Dear brothers and sisters,

This XV Sunday in Ordinary Time raises a big and important question: "Who is my next?» [CF. texts of the Liturgy of the Word, WHO].

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Today we live in the era where medical science has made great strides. There are doctors who gathered today with the specialist clinic and the new surgery and micro-surgery can save lives so unthinkable until yesterday, so take care and ensure a dignified life.

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A beautiful figure of doctor, is Louis Pasteur; we are in the late nineteenth. He, who dedicated her life to caring for the sick, He has left many deep thoughts, Trai which is dear to me in a particular sentence:

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"Do not you wonder who you are, where are you from, what religion you belong. You suffer, that's enough. You belong to me".

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Today's readings introduce us to the subject of caring for someone that God has sent us to care for and raise at a time of great suffering. The Lord Himself gives us this assignment, as we read in the Old texts testamentary:

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"This word is very near you, It is in your mouth and in your heart, that thou mayest do it " [CF. Dt: 30, 14].

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p. during the celebration of his first Mass

The word that Moses reports God's word is a word that makes us neighbors, and the Lord. This proximity indicates that the word of God, The message of Jesus Christ must be known, He loved and made intimate. For what we are talking about a neighborhood in the mouth: that is, the word goes testified, announced with joy to those who do not know it. Immediately after there is a closeness of the heart is [Old Jewish heart lebav]: in the Hebrew language, The heart indicates the intimate concrete choice of God: therefore a passage from the testimony action. In particular, the action of the believer is the one of the spiritual and material mercy, caring for those in need in a material way, and above all, spiritual.

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This action It takes place in a very precise place: The Church. As explained by the beautiful Pauline hymn: lChurch, that is ourselves, is the community of believers and at the same time the mystical body of Christ, that is, the place where all believers, diversified according to their vocation, concretely express their witness and action united to Jesus himself [CF. With the 1, 15. 18]. The Church then is the place where Jesus works with us, and we give care and mercy in Him.

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The parable of the Good Samaritan Finally explains who, as a Church, we must turn. therefore, la basic question of every Catholic is this: "Who is my next?» [LC 10, 30].

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The next who needs the material charity today, is not only the clochard or the migrant, but also the unemployed, the disabled and the elderly abandoned by all. They need material charity those fathers or mothers who have undergone a divorce and unjustly are distant and impoverished by the presence of their children.

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

Above all, the main alarm It is for those who are in need of spiritual charity: atheists, agnostics, all those who fight the Church in the name of culture gender, of necro-culture, or that favor the major sins such as abortion and euthanasia.

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We from Samaritans, we are called to take them to the hotel with bandages necessary: that is, to be next to them, another and speak, to accommodate their existential wounds, show the face of the living and true God, and give him the kingdom of God, fasciarli of the Truth of God and give him the wine par excellence, the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord.

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He wrote the poet Kahlil Gibran: "The strongest souls are hardened by suffering. The strongest characters are sprinkled with scars ».

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May the Lord grant each of us the courage, the tenderness and strength of the Good Samaritan to accommodate the wounds and scars of all those we meet, and give the hope of Christ's love.

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Amen.

Rome, 13 July 2019

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