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And the next day he took out two pence and gave to the host and said: Take care of him. 

The next day is, after the Resurrection of the Lord. For even before this He had, by the grace of His Gospel, enlightened those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death (Lk. i. 79), but after His Resurrection there shone out the mightier splendour of His Perpetual Light.

The two pence are the Two Testaments, in which are contained the Name and Image of the Eternal King. For the end of the Law is Christ (Rom. x. 4).

These He took out next day, and gave them to the host: for it was then He opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures (Lk. xxiv. 45).

The next day the innkeeper received the denarii, as payment for taking care of the wounded man; for the Holy Spirit coming down, taught the Apostles all truth (Jn. xvi. 13), by means of which they would be able to preach the Gospel and to stand secure in instructing the Gentiles.

And whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee.  

[…] At His return, the Debtor will repay what He promised; for the Lord, coming in judgement, shall say: Because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord (Mt. xxv. 23).

Which of these three in thy opinion was neighbour to him that fell among robbers? But he said: He that showed mercy to him.
From these words Christ’s mind has been made clear to us: That no one is more a neighbour to us than he who shows us mercy.

[…] Receiving this in its more sacred sense, since no one is more our neighbour than He who has healed our wounds let us love Him as the Lord our God, let us love Him as our neighbour.

For nothing is so close as the head is to the members. Let us also love him who is an imitator of Christ. For this is what follows.

And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner; that is, show that you truly love your neighbour as yourself; doing with love whatever you can do to help him, also in his spiritual necessities, to the praise and glory of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen.

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.

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