The Venerable Bede on the Parable of the Good Samaritan

We heard our great Priest break down this parable and it blew our mind. We are glad we found it on the Liturgy Guy’s blog. Please share because it shows how important the Catholic Church is for our salvation.

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Those who attend the Ordinary Form of the Mass will hear the parable of the Good Samaritan from St. Luke’s Gospel this weekend. Often homilies on these famous verses touch upon the nature of Christian charity and a deeper understanding of neighbor. What has unfortunately been lost in many contemporary interpretations is the allegorical understanding of the parable.

Below is a explanation of the parable from the Venerable Bede. An 8th century English monk of the monastery of St. Peter in Northumbria and a Doctor of the Church, Saint Bede provides us with an allegorical reading of the parable…one firmly grounded in the Church and salvation history.

The man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho is Adam representing the human race. Jerusalem is the city of heavenly peace, of that happiness from which he has been separated by sin. The robbers are the devil and his angels, into whose…

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