Sunday, October 02, 2016
Monday, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
03 October 2016
Monday, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Francis Borgia, Priest
Gal 1: 6 – 12 / Lk 10: 25 – 37
St. Francis Borgia (1510 – 1572) of the famous Borgia family was elected the third Superior-General of the Society of Jesus in 1565.
Gospel Reading: Lk 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".
Luke's gospel was written with a particular emphasis on inclusivity because his church was of mixed Gentile and Jewish origin. His gospel is the only one that has this parable of the "Good Samaritan."
The Jews were familiar with the Old Testament teachings which emphasized their special status as the chosen people of Yahweh. The two great commandments were well known to them but to apply the second one to non-Jews was way beyond their wildest dreams. As we reflect on the way we conduct our daily lives, how do we apply this teaching on the "primacy of love" without limitations as contrasted with a legalistic mindset of merely following or obeying the "letter of the law" which can lead to a minimalist approach to loving and living.
With reference to today's gospel, "who are our neighbors?" and "what is the extent of our neighborhood?"
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Christian C. Maminta
For the personal intentions of Nancy Tejada
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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