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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus told a parable to show how wide God's love and mercy is towards every human being. Jesus' story of an atrocious highway robbery was all too familiar to his audience. The road from Jerusalem to Jericho went through a narrow winding valley bounded by steep rocky cliffs. Many wealthy Jews from Jerusalem had winter homes in Jericho. This narrow highway was unsafe and notorious for its robbers who could easily ambush their victim and run away into the hills. No one in his right mind would think of traveling through this unsafe highway alone. It was far safer to travel with others for protection and defense. As Jesus explained, why did the religious leaders refuse to give any help when they saw a half-dead victim lying by the roadside? Didn't they distinguish that this victim was their neighbor? And why did a Samaritan, an outsider who was despised by the Jews, treat this victim with special care at his own expense as he would care for his own family? Who was the real neighbor who showed brotherly sympathy and mercy? Jesus makes the supposed bad character, the despised Samaritan, the compassionate one as an example for the status conscious Jews. Why didn't the priest and Levite stop to help? The priest probably didn't want to risk the option of ritual impurity. His piety got in the way of charity. The Levite approached close to the victim, but stopped short of actually helping him. Perhaps he feared that bandits were using a decoy to ambush him. The Levite put individual safety ahead of saving his neighbor. Loving Infant Jesus, may your love always be the base of our life. Free us from every fear and selfish-concern that we may freely give ourselves in loving service to others, even to the point of laying our life down for their sake.
Word of the Day...
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Prayer ...
Loving and Tender Shepherd, the great Protector of the Flock, please be glorified in our life. Please physically and spiritually protect the following people for whom we have deep concerns. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (July 14, 2013)
Day: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: Dt 30:10-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37
Second Reading: Col 1:15-20
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Lectionary: 105
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
25And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" 27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live." 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, 34 and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, `Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" 37 He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


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