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The 15th Sunday of O.T.

July 10th, 2016

The Good Samaritan

 

 

 

 


Reading 1

Dt 30:10-14

 

Moses said to the people:
"If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God,
and keep his commandments and statutes
that are written in this book of the law,
when you return to the LORD, your God,
with all your heart and all your soul.

"For this command that I enjoin on you today
is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky, that you should say,
'Who will go up in the sky to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say,
'Who will cross the sea to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
No, it is something very near to you,
already in your mouths and in your hearts;
you have only to carry it out."

 

Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37

Responsorial Psalm

 

R. (cf. 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness:
in your great mercy turn toward me.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
"See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not."
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
The descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

 

Col1:15-20

Reading 2

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

 Lk 10:25-37

Gospel

 There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him 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."

 

 

Many years ago I was driving to St. Louis for a class I was taking on scripture, when I came upon a hitch-hiker along the road with the word Mizzou on the back of his jacket.  I donít usually pick up hitch-hikers.  Iíve always thought it safer to pass them on by.  This one I didnít.  I gave him a lift.  It was very cold outside and something just told me to give him a ride.  I am still very cautious about picking up strangers.

 

In todayís gospel reading, a lawyer ask Jesus what he must do to have everlasting life.  Jesus makes him answer his own question by asking him what is written in the law.  The lawyer reveals the two great commandments that he knew of, aside from the ten commandments of course.  But something puzzled him.  ďWho is my neighbor?Ē he ask.  Jesus then told him the story of the Good Samaritan and that answered the manís question about who was his neighbor.

 

If our goal for our faith journey is to be disciples of Jesus, for which we are called, then we must live those two commandments.  Better yet, we must know that to be a disciple of Jesus, we must also be compassionate toward our neighbor, a love for and a concern about our neighbor.  Thatís what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus.  Itís called ďliving out the gospel message.Ē  And that my friends, as you know so very well, is not always an easy task.  We donít necessarily like all of our neighbors.  And I donít just mean the person or persons who live next door to us.  The person next to us in the pew at church is also our neighbor;  the person we work with at our place of employment;  the person or persons across the world in the many different countries:  Africa, South America, Canada, the Middle East, and so on.  Our neighbor is that person who is sick, who is elderly, in prison, the person who doesnít share the same faith expression as we do.  Loving people who donít like or even those who are our enemies is not an easy task.  Also, it is a level of love that may not be so popular but is necessary if we are to be called a follower of Christ.

 

Through the Body and Blood of Jesus we are filled with food, food for the journey, our journey of faith toward our final outcome, life eternal with God.  Itís something that awaits us.  We didnít earn it.  It is Godís gift to us, freely given because His son died for all of humankind that eternal life might be restored.  When we were born into this world we did not belong to ourselves, or anyone else, nor was we ever meant to be, except to God.  We were given to our parents on loan.  It was so that we could give praise and honor to God, as we struggled to unite our sufferings with that of Jesus, who made possible our salvation.  Have you ever heard a new born baby laugh right after he or she is born, when swatted on itís bottom?  Not likely, no, they cry.  It hurts.  Itís painful.  Itís their first experience of pain, and there would be more as they grew older;  scraped knees, a black eye maybe, a broken heart, and yet, we go about living a life of a suffering servant for Christ.  Itís part of how we grow in faith, but also there are many joys and good times as well.

 

So very often in scripture Jesus tells a story;  each time to get us to understand our mission as his disciple;  that regardless of our lot in life, we are still called to serve God by serving the needs of others, our neighbor.  God calls us despite our own circumstances, good or bad, as I have already stated, from the youngest to the oldest, from the less gifted to the most gifted.  Most of us are blessed with good health.  Some of us have experienced different diseases;  colon cancer, breast cancer, all kinds of cancer suffered by children, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, mental illness, heart disease, and a host of other ailments.  Sometimes the worst disease is that of pessimism or indifference, or not caring.

Perhaps the bottom line may be that there is something wrong with all of us;  that none of us are perfect, are we?  And yet we are still called to be followers and disciples of Jesus, on this journey of life, through this imperfect world, until that day that we will see him in Paradise.

 

Like the Good Samaritan, we do care for each other, we do share, we do pray for each other, we are concerned for each otherís needs.  We rally behind needy causes.  We celebrate Godís abiding love with enthusiasm and joy.  We are friendly towards each other, and we enjoy each otherís company, whether in person or as friends on the Internet.  We do treat each other as neighbors.  The moral of the story of the Good Samaritan is not merely an ideal, or a promise, or a goal.  It is the conquest of all that separates us from knowing who we are, and who Jesus wants us to be.  We can meet the challenge, side by side, neighbor by neighbor, imperfect and sinful, but hungry for Godís Kingdom.  We are indeed graced to be able to do so.  Let us continue to spread the good news to all of those we meet, always trying to be the Good Samaritan that Jesus calls us to be.

 

 

© Deacon Steve

July 9th, 2016

 

 



 

 

 

ďShepherd Me O GodĒ by Marty Haugen

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ You Are Mine ~

 

You are mine not just anyoneís,
I am your Father, the holy one.


I created you and you are a part of me,
My child who Iíll love through eternity.


I made you special you are one of a kind,
There is so many good things in you that I find.


I am always with you morning and night,
You are never ever out of my sight.


No matter what happens in your life today,
Your never alone for I am with you always.


Iíll give you peace, joy and happiness,
Because your mine, your life will be blessed.


Iíll ease your worries, and calm all your fears,
Iíll never let you go, for you Iím always here.


I will forgive you and all your sins Iíll forget,
For Jesus paid the price for you,
without any regrets.


Yes you are mine a child of the King,
So loved and so wanted more that anything.

 



Written By Eva Dimel
Inspired By God
July 10th 2010


 

 

 

 

 

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