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XV SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Reflection of the Word of God.

God's will is that we all live in harmony, that we act in such a way that we deserve the heaven that He has promised us. But humanly we can make excuses and say that fulfilling his commandments is almost impossible. However, the book of Deuteronomy makes this claim, reminding us that what the Lord expects of us is not impossible to do. “These commandments that I give you are not beyond your strength nor beyond your reach.”

The question that a teacher of the Law asks Jesus in today's Gospel is the key question for every believer: "What must I do to attain eternal life?" The answer is to comply with the first of all the commandments: “Love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself”. But how is this commandment concretized in everyday life?

The parable of the Samaritan serves as an example; that character from whom an act of mercy was least expected became a neighbor of the needy. With this, Jesus makes it very clear that the willingness to act righteously, with mercy, is not necessarily limited to a social position; to the race or culture to which one belongs. Neighbor is, therefore, any person who helps us or who needs our help.

And if I had passed that road where that beaten person was lying, what would he have done? And today who is my neighbor?

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