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July 15th 2012 A.D. - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 July 15th 2012 A.D.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:7-13

"They anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them"

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Background:

Much of the traditional interpretation of this wonderful story emphasizes the generosity of the Good Samaritan and views the story as a model for the generosity of all Christians.

Certainly the context in Luke suggests such an interpretation. However, some recent interpreters suggest a somewhat different reading and put the emphasis on the surprise of the injured man.

The Good Samaritan is God and the injured Jew is the sinner – all of us sinners. This interpretation fits the paradigm of many other parables of Jesus: A recklessly generous God overwhelming us with the surprise of his implacable love.

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(It is legitimate in telling his story to reverse the team affiliation of the combatants)

  Once upon a time a Cub fan and a Sox fan got in an argument during a game at the Cell.

The argument was of course the fault of the sox fan. He shouted the first epithet, he knocked the Cubs cap from the other man’s head, he threw a beer can at Cub fan and hit his wife my mistake. What was the poor Cub fan to do but push the Sox fan who obviously too much of the drink had taken. One thing led to another. The ushers and the cops had to separate them and since cops at the Cell  tend to be Sox fans, they ejected the Cub fan to the taunts of “Yuppy scum go home!”

The Cub fan had to watch the ninth inning at his home.

Needless to say the Cub’s bull pen imploded in the ninth as it usually does. T

he next day, however, virtue, truth, and Sammy Sosa triumphed and the Cubs evened the series. On the following day, as the Cub fan drove out of the parking lot, flush with a series victory, the saw his adversary at a corner on State Street with a flat tire and the hood up on the car. He pulled over, and despite his wife’s admonition, helped change the tire and provide a battery charge. The two men shook hands and promised to meet again when the Red Line World Series came around.

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On the following day, as the Cub fan drove out of the parking lot, flush with a series victory, the saw his adversary at a corner on State Street with a flat tire and the hood up on the car. He pulled over, and despite his wife’s admonition, helped change the tire and provide a battery charge. The two men shook hands and promised to meet again when the Red Line World Series came around
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Psalm 85:8-13

8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.

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