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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Reflection for Monday October 6, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 10:25-37

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “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.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
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Is there such a word as perfect love? Yes, there is it’s our love for God and neighbor (Mark 12:30-31). To love God is to worship Him with all our being and to love our neighbor is to humanize our love for God.

It was very ironic that the priest who was supposed personify God’s love failed to humanize his love for God same as with the Levite who was also involved in the service for God. Even if the priest and levite had valid reasons for ignoring the dying man such as their obligation to their faith. Still, both the priest and the Levite failed the test of true love and discipleship because they prioritized their obligation over the important need of the dying man.

What if the Samaritan did not pass by? The victim may have died due to the indifference of the priest and levite. It was good that the exemplar of perfect love (Samaritan) passed by otherwise the victim might have bleed to his death.

Perhaps, many of us who profess to love and worship God fail to translate this love to an authentic love for our fellowmen. Some of us are able to translate this love for God to a love for our neighbor but we oftentimes limit our love for our neighbor to those whom we only know and to those who are only good to us.

 If the person in need of our help is a stranger or not good to us we may just pass them by and ignore them just like what the priest and Levite did. For example if we are going to Sunday Mass and we happen to see a blooded man by himself lying on the road while we pass-by. What are we going to do? Would we also pretend to see nothing? - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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