The First Reading is from the Book of Deuteronomy. This Book was written by a group of faithful Jews in the northern kingdom of Israel in the 9th century BC and means a “second law” that sums up the significance of the Exodus. Moses urges the people to heed the voice of God and to keep God’s commandments with all their heart and soul. After listening and acknowledging the one God, the people are to love the Lord their God with their whole being.
The Second Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians. This majestic poem, canticle expresses the fundamental faith of the early Church and the faith of believers in every age. In Christ we are born; in him we are sustained; in him we are reborn to eternal life. The point being made here is that we have no need for written laws, rules or regulations, that Christ is all we need and in Him resides all truth and love, which is the fullness of life. What more do we need?
The Gospel Reading is from the Gospel of St Luke. In this reading we have the familiar story we call "The Good Samaritan." Jesus' point here is that our “neighbor” is anyone with whom we come in contact, especially one needing help. The motive of the Samaritan traveler is clearly stated: He is moved by compassion. His actions are described in detail: He approached the man, poured oil, bandaged him, lifted him up, took him to an inn, cared for him, and even gave the innkeeper coins for his continued care. Knowledge is not enough; love of God and neighbor must be carried out in action. Could we do the same?