Sunday, July 11, 2010
Allegorical Christological Interpretation of the Good Samaritan
Jerusalem = the City of the Most High, the footstall of God, the Holy Mountain - it is metaphorically the highest city on earth - it signifies Heaven
Jericho = the depths - it is actually one of the lowest places on earth - for the Jews it was a place to descend to - the descent from Jerusalem is steep
Man on a journey = us - we have no abiding city, we are between heaven and hell, life is a pilgrimage, we are travellers
set upon by robbers = we are damaged by sin left prostrate in the gutter, enfeebled and helpless by our injuries
priest passes by = the sacrifices of the Temple are ineffectual - he has nothing to offer
levite passes by = the Law is ineffectual - he has nothing to offer
Samaritan = the rejected one = the Lord who comes to heal us
oil - Christ is the annointed, oil represents the Holy Spirit and the sacramental life of the Church
wine = the blood of Christ
Placed him on his donkey = Christ raising up broken humanity
the inn = the Church
two denarii = the payment of our redemption
my return = 2nd Coming
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