"The Image of the Invisible God"

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year “C” 10 July 2022



He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Col. 1:15


In today’s Second Reading, from the Epistle to the Colossians (1:15-20), St. Paul gives us one of his most important teachings. Jesus Christ is the Son of God in visible, human form: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Col. 1:15 As the firstborn, not in chronology, but in primacy of honour, Jesus gives God the greatest honour and glory. Why? As God the Son, He loves the Father infinitely; in His human nature which is united to His divine nature to form one divine person, Jesus gives the Father the greatest honour and glory of any person. For us, this is a great blessing because now Jesus is the firstborn of the human race—He is the new Adam as head of our race. Also, through His sacred humanity, we can understand divine wisdom in all His actions and His teachings as we see in today’s gospel teaching on “The Good Samaritan”.


The Nearness of God’s Law


In today’s First Reading from the book of Deuteronomy (30:10-14), we learn how God’s law is not far away from us as if it would be if it were across the sea or in the heavens. God’s word is very near to us. It is in our very being: But the word is very near unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Dt. 30:14. God’s law is in us so that we can be like Him as we were created to the “image and likeness” of God: (“And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness:” Gn. 1:26). We became like God as His adopted children at baptism when were born again of water and the Spirit.” (Jn. 3:5) With the gift of sanctifying grace, we became like God and shared in His divine nature. Jesus told us, “I am the vine and you are the branches; he that abides in me and I in him he bears much fruit.Jn. 15:5


Primacy of Christ


He is the image of the Invisible God, the firstborn of all creatures… all things have been created through him and unto him, and he is before all creatures, and in him all things hold together.” Col. 1; 15 & 17 It is understandable that he who loves God the most gives God the greatest honour and glory. As the Son of God incarnate in the flesh, Jesus loves God the most of any other person. He also, through His sacrifice on the cross, as man, restored man to God’s friendship and thus gave His Father the greatest honour and glory of any other person. St. Paul tells us: “He should reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of the cross.” Col. 1:20


And who is my neighbour?” Lk. 10:29


Before Jesus came, there was much confusion on who was one’s neighbour. The man in today’s gospel from Luke (10:25-37) knew that what the scriptures say in answer to Jesus’ question: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heard, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength and with thy whole mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Lk. 10:27 & Dt. 6:5. But he, wishing to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’” Lk. 10: 29 The scriptures tell us that we must first love God, and then love our neighbour. Without the love of God, why should we love our neighbour? We love our neighbour for the love of God. Jesus will tell us at the judgment at the end of the world: “Amen I say to you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me.” Mt. 25: 40. For the Jews of this time, there was confusion on who was one’ neighbour—my kinsmen, my friends, my countrymen …?


The Parable of the Good Samaritan


In this popular parable, Jesus shows us His divine wisdom. The story is about a “half-dead man” who was robbed and is without a name and, therefore, an everyman in this world. A priest and a Levite who should have had charity pass him by. Only a despised Samaritan, a foreigner, cares for him and takes him on his own beast to the inn where he pays for his expenses. He could not have done any more for the man. The Good Samaritan is like a Christ figure who has sacrificed himself for his neighbour:He should reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in the heavens, making peace through the blood of the cross.” Col. 1:20 Jesus also sacrificed Himself for us. We, as children of God, should sacrifice ourselves for our neighbour. If we truly love God, we also will love our neighbour. If we want to be like Christ, then we also need to behave like Him: “He

is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Col. 1:15 We must love God first with all our being and then we should love our neighbour as ourselves. (cf. Lk. 10:29)



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