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In a homily earlier this year, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of "doing good" as a principle that unites all humanity. He could have easily been referring to our readings this week and their message of tolerance for one another.
Pope Francis explained in his sermon that God created all of us in His image and likeness. Christians, Jews, Muslims, even atheists. "Everyone!" he emphasized. In a hypothetical conversation, the pope stated, ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ To which he responded, "Just do good: we will meet one another there."
Pope Francis was urging all religions and people to work together, to have tolerance for one another, like the Samaritan in the Gospel who helps the injured man.
Tolerance – doing good – is more than just a nice act. It is how we love our neighbors. It is a way we can help ensure that God's kingdom will come.