Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

To: Salvation
The Word Among Us

Meditation: Luke 10:25-37

27th Week in Ordinary Time

“Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

Just what was this scribe get­ting at? Was he trying to narrow the scope of his responsibilities toward other people? Was he trying to see if Jesus would exclude the Roman army or other Gentiles from his def­inition of “neighbor”?

Rather than answering directly, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan, and he finished by ask­ing which character had been a neighbor to the beaten man. So what was Jesus getting at?

In a sense, he was saying: “Don’t worry about who is or is not your neighbor. Instead, decide that you will be a neighbor to everyone you meet. Change your perspective this way, and you will end up loving your neighbor as yourself.”

Here’s a great way to try to put this parable into practice. Spend some time today in a public place, where you can watch people com­ing and going around you—maybe on a park bench, at a street cor­ner, or in a neighborhood eatery. You can do this also as you kneel at Mass or as you relate with your co­workers. As each person passes by, tell yourself: “That’s my neighbor.” That homeless man looking for a handout—he’s your neighbor. The business woman on her cell phone in the thousand-dollar suit—she’s your neighbor. The young boys skateboarding past you with bored looks on their faces—they’re your neighbors. So bless them!

As you do this, you’ll find your mind awakening to a fuller grasp of what Jesus was trying to tell this scribe. Your neighbor is anyone who needs to know and experience the love and mercy of God right now— and that’s pretty much everyone.

You may also find questions stir­ring inside you: “I wonder if he has ever experienced God’s love?” “What’s making him smile so broadly?” “What burdens is she car­rying around?” Questions like these are signs that God is opening your eyes to these people: they’re not just your neighbors; they’re part of your family. They’re the broth­ers and sisters God has given you to love, to bless, and to honor.

“Jesus, open my eyes to see all my neighbors today. Give me compassion to reach out to those in need of your love and mercy. Stretch me beyond my comfort zone, so that I can become more like you.”

Galatians 1:6-12, Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10

34 posted on 10/08/2012 6:56:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies ]

To: All
Marriage = One Man and One Woman
Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for October 8, 2012:

(Reader’s Tip) Always treat each other with respect, whether it’s in front of the children, in public or just the two of you. This includes no swearing at each other or name-calling.

35 posted on 10/08/2012 7:00:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson