ambrose_of_milanOn Luke 10:29-37 (Parable of the Good Samaritan); continued from here…

And so the Lord takes us to an inn…. Who is the innkeeper?

He perhaps who says: I count all things but as dung, that I may gain Christ (Phil. 3:8); from Whom he had received the care of the wounded man?

An innkeeper therefore is he who said: Christ sent me to preach the Gospel (1 Cor. 1:17).

Innkeepers are they to whom it was said: Go ye into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved (Mk. 16:15, 16): saved from death, saved from the wound inflicted by the robbers.

Blessed is that innkeeper who can cure another’s wound. Blessed is he to whom Jesus says: Whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee. 

He is a good steward who also spends over and above.  Paul is a good steward, whose sermons and epistles are over and above the amount he had received.

He had fulfilled the simple command of the Lord by toil of body and soul that was almost beyond measure; that he might relieve many of their grave sickness by the ministry of his spiritual comfort.

[…] He then promises payment when He returns.  When will You return, O Lord, but on the Day of Judgement?  For though You are everywhere at all times, and stand now in our midst, though we see Younot, yet there shall be a time when all flesh shall behold You returning.

Then You wilt repay what You owe.  Blessed are they to whom Thou art Debtor!… How will you repay, O Lord Jesus?  You promised the just that their reward is very great in heaven (Mt. 5:12).

You will repay when You say: Well done, good and faithful servant; because you have been faithful over a few things, I will place you over many things.  Enter into the joy of your Lord (Mt. 25: 21).

And so since no one is more our neighbour than He Who has healed our wounds, let us love Him as our Lord, let us love Him as our neighbour; for nothing is closer than the Head to Its members.

And let us also love him who is an imitator of Christ.  Let us love him who in the unity of this Body has compassion on the need of another.

Ambrose of Milan (c. 337-397): Commentary on St Luke, ch. 10, Translated by M.F. Toale, D.D. @ Lectionary Central.