My daily reflection and prayer:
Monday, October 6, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. 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.”
A friend in need is a friend indeed. Jesus’ parable about a good Samaritan’s compassion to a man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho gives us an excellent lesson for our lives how to be a friend indeed for our neighbor. Jesus tells this dramatic story in response to a devout Jew who wants to understand how to apply God’s great commandment of love to his everyday life.
For Jesus the law of love is very simple that is; “Treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself!” The real question is, who is our neighbor? So often we think that our neighbor is those who belonged to the same idea, religion and culture with us. Jesus challenges us to see that God’s view of neighbor goes far beyond our narrow definition.
Jesus’ parable shows that God’s love and mercy is towards every fellow human being. According to Jesus, the real neighbor is the one who shows brotherly compassion and mercy to the victims. Love is practical action. It’s the praxis. Good intentions and showing pity, or emphathizing with others, are not enough.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we pray and ask to Jesus to be willing to help even if others brought trouble on ourselves. It’s the foundation of our love and concern to help others in need. We learn from Jesus that our love for others must be as wide and as inclusive as God’s love. By worshipping Him, we must be ready to do good to others for their sake, just as God is good to us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You offer us true freedom from every form of oppression, sin, and suffering in Your suffering on the cross. It is redemptive because it brings us healing and restoration and the fulness of eternal life. Help us to be ready to embrace Your cross and to suffer with You and also to lay down our lives out of love for our neighbor, now and forever. Amen.