Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

My Reflection for July 14, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:25-37

My Reflection:
A scholar of the law asked Jesus: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus told him read what is written in the law. The scholar read this: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

Then the scholar of the law asked Jesus who is my neighbor? To drive home His teaching on how to become a good neighbor Jesus told the man a story. Pertaining to a man who lays dying by the roadside.

The first who passed by the dying man was a priest; being a priest he was expected to embody the teaching of love for God and neighbor. But he only loved God not his neighbor for he did nothing to help the dying man. The next one who passed by the dying man was a Levite, a servant in the temple of God. Unfortunately he also failed the test of love of God and neighbor for he also did not mind the dying man.

Then comes the Samaritan who doesn’t serve in the temple of God, he was not even a Jew yet he showed deep compassion to the dying man. The Samaritan brought him to a house; took care of him and ensured that he would fully recover.

Among the three, the Good Samaritan even if he doesn’t serve God gained favor in the eyes of Jesus for he was merciful to the dying man. It was very ironic that those who served God in the temple (priest and Levite) were indifferent to the need of the dying man.

Every now and then our faith will also be challenged by Jesus through those who are in need of our help. Let us never turn a blind eye on them or pretend not to see them, let us help them. Just like the GOOD SAMARITAN who gained favor in the eyes of Jesus. …  

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