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Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. 'Teacher,' he said, 'what must I do to inherit eternal life?' He said to him, 'What is written in the law? What do you read there?' 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 neighbour as yourself.' And he said to him, 'You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.'

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?' Jesus replied, 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, "Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend." Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?' He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.' Jesus said to him, 'Go and do likewise.'

Luke 10:25-37
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    • Our neighbour can be anybody we encounter, especially those in need of help. The opportunities are boundless to give care, to act in a spirit of love in all of our relationships.
    • God, forgive me when I pass by on the other side. Often selfishness or fear gets in the way of my standing for justice. But you bandage my wounds and pour on oil and wine when I am in trouble. You carry me on your shoulders when I cannot walk. Make me a good Samaritan in my time and place, please.
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    • The fundamental requirement of the Law - love of God and love of neighbour - is best expressed in a practical way by showing mercy toward those in need. The Samaritan, a pagan, is a true neighbour to the injured man. He puts the Law into practice, without even knowing it. I must ‘go and do likewise.’
    • The parable shocks Jesus’ audience. A Samaritan, a non-Jew, does as the Law requires. In this way, he also qualifies ‘to inherit eternal life’. Do I learn that love and compassion are all that truly matter?
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    • Jesus turns the Jewish lawyer’s worldview totally on its head. Who is properly qualified to inherit eternal life? Those who are among the most respected in society fail to help the one in great need. Contrary to all expectation, the despised Samaritan turns out to be a true neighbour. Eternal life is his, because he mirrors God!
    • This parable challenges my deep-seated presumptions and prejudices. The Samaritan showed himself to be Christ-like . He is moved with pity and shows mercy. How Christ-like am I in my thoughts and attitudes, words and deeds?
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    • Often I am unable to help, but I do help when I can, and I ask God to make me alert to the needs of others and to keep them in my prayer.
    • Jesus here reversed the expectations of people about priests, Levites and Samaritans. He challenged their ideas, he valued the outcast. Am I ready to have my expectations and values challenged?
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    • Probably the best story ever written! Because we know it so well, we may gloss over it. It challenges us on many levels: the inclusiveness of everyone as our neighbour; the way religious people can pass by human needs and the most rejected people can respond positively; the way we try to appear experts, like the lawyer. It is a story of not missing human violence and abuse under our noses, a reminder that many suffer because of the cruelty of others. It’s mainly a story to ask us to respond as positively as we can to all human need.
    • It has been called the best story and best remembered story ever told! Let it hit you anew in prayer. Ask: what makes me go to the other side? What makes me avoid some type of people in need? Who might they be? I pray that I may identify any blocks in myself which cause me to ignore or belittle others' needs. All people are crying with the cry of Jesus. That is what I want to respond to.
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    • Probably the best story ever written! Because we know it so well, we may gloss over it. It challenges us on many levels: the inclusiveness of everyone as our neighbour; the way religious people can pass by human needs and the most rejected people can respond positively; the way we try to appear experts, like the lawyer. It is a story of not missing human violence and abuse under our noses, a reminder that many suffer because of the cruelty of others. It’s mainly a story to ask us to respond as positively as we can to all human need.
    • It has been called the best story and best remembered story ever told! Let it hit you anew in prayer. Ask: what makes me go to the other side? What makes me avoid some type of people in need? Who might they be? I pray that I may identify any blocks in myself which cause me to ignore or belittle others' needs. All people are crying with the cry of Jesus. That is what I want to respond to.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Probably the best story ever written! Because we know it so well, we may gloss over it. It challenges us on many levels: the inclusiveness of everyone as our neighbour; the way religious people can pass by human needs and the most rejected people can respond positively; the way we try to appear experts, like the lawyer. It is a story of not missing human violence and abuse under our noses, a reminder that many suffer because of the cruelty of others. It’s mainly a story to ask us to respond as positively as we can to all human need.
    • It has been called the best story and best remembered story ever told! Let it hit you anew in prayer. Ask: what makes me go to the other side? What makes me avoid some type of people in need? Who might they be? I pray that I may identify any blocks in myself which cause me to ignore or belittle others' needs. All people are crying with the cry of Jesus. That is what I want to respond to.