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But a certain Samaritan, being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him was moved with compassion.
The Samaritan, whose name means Defender, stands for the Lord, Whom the Prophet most fittingly implores to save him from falling among these robbers: Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, he cries; and from the stumbling-blocks of them that work iniquity (Ps. cxl. 9).
He Who for us men and for our salvation, coming down from heaven, took the road of this present life and came near him who there lay perishing of the wounds inflicted on him.
That is, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as man (Phil. ii. 7), He came close to us in His compassion, and became our neighbour through the consolation of His mercy.
And, going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine.
He binds up the sins, which He finds in men, by rebuking them; inspiring with the fear of punishment those who sin, and with hope those who repent.
For He binds up our wounds when He commands us: Do penance.
He pours in oil, when He adds: For the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mt. iv. 17).
He pours in wine also, when He says: Every tree that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down and cast into the fire (Mt. iii. 10).
And, setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
The beast is His own Flesh, in which He deigned to come to us.
On It He placed wounded man, because He bore our sins in His Body upon the tree (I. Pet. ii. 24); and according to another parable, laid upon his shoulders the lost sheep that was found, and brought it back to the flock (Lk. xv. 4).
And so to be placed upon His own beast, is to believe in the Incarnation of Christ, and to be instructed in Its mysteries, and at the same time to be safeguarded from the assaults of the enemy.
The inn is the present Church, where travellers, returning to their eternal home, are refreshed on their journey.
And well does He bring to the inn the man He placed upon His own beast; for no one, unless he who is baptized, unless he is united to the Body of Christ, shall enter the Church.
The Venerable Bede (672/4-735):Commentary on St Luke’s Gospel (PL 92, Lib. III, Cap. X, col. 467); Translated by M.F. Toale, D.D. @ Lectionary Central.