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Good Samaritan and St Camillus: "Who is my neighbour?"

Pope Francis reflected on the Good Samaritan, which is the Gospel for the liturgy of the fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:

But God asks each one of us: “Where is the blood of your brother that cries out to me?”

Today no one in the world feels responsible for this; we have lost the sense of fraternal responsibility; we have fallen into the hypocritical attitude of the priest and of the servant of the altar that Jesus speaks about in the parable of the Good Samaritan: We look upon the brother half dead by the roadside, perhaps we think “poor guy,” and we continue on our way, it’s none of our business; and we feel fine with this. We feel at peace with this, we feel fine!

The culture of well-being, that makes us think of ourselves, that makes us insensitive to the cries of others, that makes us live in soap bubbles, that are beautiful but are nothing, are illusions of futility, of the transient, that brings indifference to others, that brings even the globalization of indifference. In this world of globalization we have fallen into a globalization of indifference. We are accustomed to the suffering of others, it doesn’t concern us, it’s none of our business.

Today also marks the Feast of St Camillus, who founded a congregation, the Ministers of the Sick (the Camillians), dedicated to the care of the sick.  The example of St Camillus and the work of the Camillians provide the Church with witness to the Gospel of the Good Samaritan.

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