Sunday, October 07, 2012



OCTOBER 8, 2012

Gal 1:6-12 / Lk 10:25-37

I am surprised at how quickly you have abandoned God who called you according to the grace of Christ, and have gone to another gospel. Indeed, there is no other gospel, but some people who are sowing confusion among you want to turn the Gospel of Christ upside down. But even if we ourselves were giving you another gospel different from the one we preached to you, or if it were an angel from heaven, I would say: let God's curse be on him! As I have said I now say again: if anyone preaches the Gospel in a way other than you received it, fire that one. Are we to please humans or obey God? Do you think that I try to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel we preached to you is not a human message, nor did I receive it from anyone, I was not taught of it but it came to me as a revelation from Christ Jesus.

LUKE 10:25-37
Then a teacher of the Law came and began putting Jesus to the test. And he said, "Master, what shall I do to receive eternal life?" Jesus replied, "What is written in the Scripture? How do you understand it?" The man answered, "It is written: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus replied, "What a good answer! Do this and you shall live." The man wanted to justify his question, so he asked, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus then said, "There was a man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him and went off, leaving him half-dead. It happened that a priest was going along that road and saw the man, but passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite saw the man, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan also was going that way, and when he came upon the man, he was moved with compassion. He went over to him, and cleaned his wounds with oil and wine, and wrapped them in bandages. Then he put him on his own mount, and brought him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he had to set off; but he gave two silver coins to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him, and whatever you spend on him, I will repay when I return.'" Jesus then asked, "Which of these three, do you think, made himself neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The teacher of the Law answered, "the one who had mercy on him." And Jesus said, "Then go and do the same."

A Jewish expert in the law wanted to test Jesus and his disciples to see if they correctly understood this basic commandment of love. He understood "neighbor" to mean one's fellow Jew who belonged to the same covenant of God with the people of Israel. Jesus agreed with the expert but challenged him to see that God's view of neighbor went beyond his understanding.

Jesus told this parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate God's love and mercy is towards all. He presents to us a new way of looking at loving our neighbor. Our love and concern for others in need must be practical, urgent, and inclusive. Our love for others must be like God's love, which includes everyone, even our enemies, for God's love is unconditional.

Mother Teresa's daily prayer gives us a glimpse of what it is to be good Samaritans today: "Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick… Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you and say: `Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.'"

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Lillian McSwain
- Antoinetta Sterner
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Stephen Lee Rogers
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: Rodolfo Siason
- Birthday: Aida Inocentes Capistrano
- Birthday: Fr. Arnold Aurillo
- Birthday: Federick Allen Q. Espiritu
- In Memoriam (+): Sebastian Dee
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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