Homily – 20th Sunday Ordinary Time | It Is Well Living Church

Feb 6, 2022


Welcome to It Is Well Living Church's Homily for the 20th Sunday Ordinary Time. As a community deeply rooted in faith and beliefs, we gather together to explore the teachings of the Gospel and seek spiritual growth. Join us as we delve into the scriptures, uncovering profound wisdom that can guide your daily life.

Understanding the Scriptures

On the 20th Sunday Ordinary Time, we reflect upon the sacred texts that illuminate our path towards a closer relationship with God. The Gospel presents us with a powerful parable that Jesus conveyed to his disciples, conveying important lessons:

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

In this parable, Jesus tells a story of a man who was on a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho, only to be attacked and robbed. The victim lay wounded and helpless on the roadside, while several individuals passed by without offering assistance - a priest, a Levite, and finally, a Samaritan.

The core message within this parable revolves around the understanding of true compassion, empathy, and the call to extend love towards others, regardless of their social standing or background. The Good Samaritan, often seen as an unexpected hero, exhibits qualities that remind us of the boundless love and mercy of God.

Unlocking the Lessons

As we delve deeper into the scriptures, we discover valuable lessons that resonate with our present-day experiences:

1. Acts of Kindness Transcend Barriers

The parable of the Good Samaritan challenges us to overcome prejudices and extend compassion beyond societal boundaries. The Samaritan, who belonged to a despised social group, shattered stereotypes by demonstrating love towards the wounded man. We are reminded of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect.

2. The Caring Heart of God

Through the parable, we glimpse into the compassionate nature of God. The Good Samaritan showcases God's heart of mercy and highlights the significance of mirroring His actions in our own lives. In practicing charity and benevolence, we become conduits of God's love in a broken world.

3. Genuine Love in Action

Jesus calls us to move beyond mere words of love and actively express care for those in need. The Good Samaritan's selfless actions remind us that true discipleship requires stepping out of our comfort zones and embodying the love of Christ through tangible acts of mercy.

Application in Daily Life

Translating the lessons from the parable into our daily lives is essential for spiritual growth and the transformation of our communities. Here are some practical ways to apply these teachings:

1. Embrace Diversity

Like the Good Samaritan, we can break down barriers by embracing diversity and reaching out to those who may differ from us. Whether it's through volunteering or engaging in dialogue, let us foster unity and build bridges across societal divisions.

2. Practice Compassionate Listening

Listening attentively to others and offering empathy is an impactful way to respond to the needs of those around us. By truly hearing their stories and challenges, we can provide comfort and support, just as the Good Samaritan did for the wounded traveler.

3. Engage in Acts of Service

Actively seek opportunities to serve those in need. Whether it's volunteering at a local shelter, helping a neighbor in distress, or advocating for justice, we can manifest God's love through our deeds and make a positive impact in our communities.


As we conclude our exploration of the 20th Sunday Ordinary Time and the parable of the Good Samaritan, let us remember that authentic faith calls us to action. It Is Well Living Church invites you to join our community as we strive to embody the lessons of the Gospel. Together, let us grow in faith, serve with love, and uplift one another on this beautiful journey.

May these teachings inspire and empower you to live a life grounded in love, mercy, and compassion. We welcome you with open arms to It Is Well Living Church, a vibrant community dedicated to deepening our understanding of faith, and transforming society through God's grace. Join us as we live out the Gospel, united in our mission to bring hope and light to the world.

Susie Tomlin
The scripture can provide valuable guidance and solace during difficult times. Keep seeking spiritual enlightenment.
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