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Works not words

Looking into the faces of the “€œhungry child”€, of the “€œimmigrant who many wanted to drive away”€, of the “€œgrandparents … abandoned in nursing homes”€, of the sick man “€œalone in the hospital”€, Christians today can put into practice the Parable of the Good Samaritan. At the Angelus on Sunday, 10 July, Pope Francis commented on the Parable, underscoring that it indicates “€œa way of life, which has as its focal point not ourselves, but others”€.

It is precisely people in difficulty who challenge us. When that is not the case, the Pope explained, “€œsomething is not right; something in that heart is not Christian”€. Thus the Pontiff invited all men and women to ask themselves: “€œwho is my neighbour?”€, to ask, “€œWho must I love as myself? My parents? My friends? My fellow countrymen? Those who belong to my religion?”€. Or do we do as the Gospel commands “€“ that we overturn that “€œinitial perspective”€ and “€œnot categorize others in order to decide who is my neighbor and who is not”€. After all, the Holy Father clarified: “€œit is up to me whether to be a neighbor or not to the person I encounter who needs help, even if they are a stranger or perhaps hostile”€.

In other words, the Pope said, the Parable of the Good Samaritan still teaches us
today to “€œdo good works”€ and not just say “€œwords that are gone with the wind”€.
Indeed, it is only with works, Francis said, that “€œour faith emerges and bears
fruit”€. It is a matter, he said to the faithful in St Peter”€™s Square, of asking
ourselves whether our faith is fruitful: “€œDoes our faith produce good works? Or
is it sterile instead, and therefore more dead than alive?”€. Do we have the
capacity to act as a neighbour to those in need, or do we simply pass by? It is
good to ask ourselves these questions because, as the Pontiff reminded us, “€œin
the end we will be judged on the works of mercy”€.


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