Compassion for the Needy

Compassion for the Needy

October 9, 2017
Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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.”

Reflection (Sem. Aries Caesar P. Ballano)

Life is a long journey. Along the way, we encountervarious people from different walks of life. In my life, I have already met diverse people like what is mentioned in the Gospel. In it was a story that would remind us what our attitude should be when we encounter our neighbors – people in need or those who are less fortunate. It gives us the idea how to recognize our neighbors and shows us how we should act towards them.

Every time I hear this Gospel about theGood Samaritan, I ask myself what kind of neighbor am I. Am I like the priest or the Levite who just simply passed by the robbed and wounded man as if they had seen nothing;or the Samaritan, who was a foreigner, but showed goodness and mercy towards that man?

Indeed, the parable is a good opportunity for us to check ourselves how we respond to a needy neighbor. There was a time in my life that somehow,I am like the priest and Levite. I now realize that being a priest-in-process, I should have a merciful heart like what the Good Samaritan portrays in this Gospel.

Nowadays, seldom dowe see people acting with that kind of attitude. Most of the time we simply pass by our neighbors, blinded with greed and insensitive to their needs. But here, Jesus, gave us the person of the good Samaritan to invite us to follow his deeds. Helping others is not limited on sharing material possessions. Our presence and compassion is the most valuable gift that we could giveour neighbors. We should imitate the attitude of Jesus, who during His earthly life, gave Himself totally with compassion to all those in spiritual and material need.

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