Saturday, July 10, 2010
15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C
15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C
If you obey the voice of Yahweh your God, by keeping his commandments
and decrees written in the book of this Law, and if you return to
Yahweh your God with all your heart and soul. 'For this Law which I am
laying down for you today is neither obscure for you nor beyond your
reach. It is not in heaven, so that you need to wonder, "Who will go
up to heaven for us and bring it down to us, so that we can hear and
practise it?" Nor is it beyond the seas, so that you need to wonder,
"Who will cross the seas for us and bring it back to us, so that we
can hear and practise it?" No, the word is very near to you, it is in
your mouth and in your heart for you to put into practice.
He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born of all creation, for
in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything
visible and everything invisible, thrones, ruling forces,
sovereignties, powers -- all things were created through him and for
him. He exists before all things and in him all things hold together,
and he is the Head of the Body, that is, the Church. He is the
Beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that he should be supreme
in every way; because God wanted all fullness to be found in him and
through him to reconcile all things to him, everything in heaven and
everything on earth, by making peace through his death on the cross.
A lawyer stood up and, to test him, asked, 'Master, what must I do to
inherit eternal life?' He said to him, 'What is written in the Law?
What is your reading of it?' He replied, 'You must love the Lord your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength,
and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.' Jesus said to
him, 'You have answered right, do this and life is yours.' But the man
was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my
neighbour?' In answer Jesus said, 'A man was once on his way down from
Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped
him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest
happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man,
he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to
the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan
traveller who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him.
He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on
them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and
looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to
the innkeeper and said, "Look after him, and on my way back I will
make good any extra expense you have." Which of these three, do you
think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the
bandits' hands?' He replied, 'The one who showed pity towards him.'
Jesus said to him, 'Go, and do the same yourself.'
We have all heard this parable of the Good Samaritan before and we
know that Jesus is challenging us to act differently and love our
neighbor no matter who they are. But we do not always recognize who is
our neighbor in need. In the Gospel we have the image of a person
beaten, stripped and left for dead. This person was ignored, forgotten
and passed by.
In our lives we come across many people like this man who have been
passed by who is hurt and in despair. There are spouses who are in a
loveless relationship. There are teenage boys and girls who feel that
they cannot talk with their parents without being criticized or
scolded. There are those who work long hours and make sacrifices for
their jobs and in the end are either laid off or overlooked when it
comes time for that promotion. Finally there are the sick and the
elderly that no one visits or calls. They may feel that there is no
reason for living. There are many times in our own lives when we
really need someone but feel ignored and disregarded, and we know how
much it hurts.
We all have value in God's eyes. We are all called to make a
difference in the lives of others. It may not involve binding the
wounds of someone who has been physically beaten. But it does involve
reaching out to those in need, especially those who feel that they
have no one else to turn to. Jesus tells the lawyer in the gospel
today that for him to inherit eternal life, he must show mercy to
others hike the Samaritan. We are challenged to be less fearful and
judgmental and to be more compassionate and caring. Whatever good deed
we do to someone, it does make a difference to that person.
"The Beatitudes for Carers" by an unknown author runs as follows:
Blessed are those who care and are not afraid to show it. They will
let people know that they are loved. Blessed are those who are gentle
and patient. They will help people to grow as the sun helps the buds
to open and blossom. Blessed are those who have the ability to listen.
They will lighten many a burden. Blessed are those who know how and
when to let go. They will have the joy of seeing people find
themselves. Blessed are those who, when nothing can be done or said,
do not walk away but remain to provide a comforting and supportive
presence. They will help the sufferer to bear the unbearable. Blessed
are those who recognize their own need to receive, and who receive
with graciousness. They will be able to give all the bet ter. Blessed
are those who give without hope of return. They will give people an
experience of God.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Dolores Segui, JR Dolor & Adyn Bolos
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mon Torres
- Henry Tan
- Zhyndel Bueno
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Atty. Jose O. Cortez
- Nikolai Cortez
- Aydin Cortez
- Karl Cortez
- Maureen Cortez
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Lawrence and Mary Wong
- Shantell Ponce de Leon-Bancaso
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramon Rodriguez, Asilda Guanzon, William Guanzon
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lal Manalo
- Birthday: Marina de Guzman
- Birthday: Paolo B. Sevilla
- Birthday: Marciana Chong Muñoz
- Wedding Anniversary: Edmund and Millie Dy
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Conchita Dee de Guzman
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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