Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 7, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Jonah 1:1-2:1-2, 11

Responsorial Psalm: Jonah 2:3, 4, 5, 8

Luke 10:25-37

I wonder if there is any passage in the Gospels that goes to the heart of being a disciple of Jesus better than the story of the Good Samaritan.  What does it mean to be a Christian?  Don’t many of us identify being Christian with faithful observance of external requirements?  We see religion primarily as observing the “do’s and do not’s” we have been taught.  But Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan challenges this basic assumption.

The story revolves around a man who fell victim to robbers on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho.  He was stripped and beaten severely.  Two men approach, a priest and a Levite.  These men, from religious classes known for their strict observance of the Jewish law pass by the victim without aiding him.  They even crossed to the other side of the road just to avoid him.

Then a Samaritan traveler, a member of a break-away religious sect despised by Jews comes upon the robbery victim.  He is moved with compassion, dresses the victim’s wounds and brings him to an inn covering all expenses.  Then Jesus puts the question to the scholar of the law who was trying to test him, “Which of these was neighbor to the robber’s victim?

The answer is obvious; not the priest or the Levite but the despised Samaritan whose heart was moved with compassion.  For Jesus this Samaritan becomes the example of living the great commandment of “loving one’s neighbor.”  Jesus tells the Scholar of the law, and all of us, “Go and do likewise.”    

Question of the Day: Who are the individuals or groups in your life for whom you lack compassion?

Prayer: Lord, today we pray for the give of Your empathy and selflessness, for the strength to let go of our possessions , our safety, our concerns, our selfishness, so we can see everyone we encounter as our neighbor, as did the Samaritan, and to soothe their hurts in whatever way we can.



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