Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 7, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. adc16db24e376ae4512608ff294e3aab_w600A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: It is true that if I am asked, who is my neighbor, the answer, “Everybody is,” is correct. But this is not the point that Jesus is making in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The good Samaritan does not encounter everybody in this parable; he encounters somebody. When Jesus hears the question, “Who is my neighbor,” his response is, “Whoever is in front of you with whatever kind of need, this one is your neighbor.” Anyone in front of us is the one to whom we give love and compassion.

Saint of the day: The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was established in 1573 to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the 27821cc6b81f071a7a0ef3844bc37967_w600praying of the rosary. The feast was extended to the universal Church in 1716. The development of the rosary has a long history. First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each Hail Mary. Though Mary’s giving the rosary to St. Dominic is recognized as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic. One of them, Alan de la Roche, was known as “the apostle of the rosary.” He founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary in the 15th century. In the 16th century the rosary was developed to its present form—with the 15 mysteries (joyful, sorrowful and glorious). In 2002, the five Mysteries of Light were added to this devotion. While the rosary fell into some disfavor among some Catholics after the Second Vatican Council, the attractiveness of the devotion has persisted, and there have been many young people who in the Church had adopted it as a part of their prayer life in recent years.

Spiritual reading: There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself, and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven.(Meister Eckhart)


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