“Who is My Neighbor: Go and Do Likewise”

February 1, 2022 | By Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.

A Mass for Peace and Reconciliation commemorating the 93rd anniversary of the birth of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Homilist

Who is my neighbor? A man fell victim to robbers who stripped and beat him, leaving him half-dead. Passersby ignored him until a Samaritan, moved with compassion, approached the beaten bleeding, half naked man, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.

He cared for him, telling the innkeeper, “Take care of him!”

Who was neighbor to the half dead man? “The one who treated him with mercy and compassion.” Jesus said, “Go and do likewise!”

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ:

When His Grace, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, South Africa died on Sunday, December 26, the day after Christmas, at the age of 90, many commentators surveying the heroic life of this moral giant, who with Nelson Mandela, helped to bring down the evil, racist apartheid regime in South Africa, noted his many remarkable achievements for the cause of racial justice, reconciliation, and world peace during what has been called the Second Act of his extraordinary and long life.

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