Malvern Minute  – Monday
Malvern Minute

 

October 3, 2016 – Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time                                                    

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

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. A 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.”

 

Reflect: Even the scholar of the law who was intent on justifying himself before Jesus is led to a deeper understanding of what God wants from anyone who seeks eternal life. Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus shows us that we are called to extend mercy to our neighbor, especially the neighbor (anyone whom we encounter) who is near death physically, spiritually, or emotionally.  The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are what the world needs, and we, as followers of Christ are called to give hope to others.

Have I ever experienced the mercy of God shown through another person?  Who is God putting in the pathway of my daily life so that I can extend mercy to her or him?  Do I look the other way when I might be challenged to extend mercy to another human being?  Can I dare to ask Jesus for a compassionate heart?

 

Pray: Loving God, show me who is my neighbor, and, through your Holy Spirit, give my heart and mind the vision to understand how to extend your mercy to those I encounter in my daily life.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God! Holy and Mighty One! Holy and Immortal One: Have Mercy on us!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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