October 3, 2016
Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
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?”
“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. Carmelo Pocdol)
I attended a youth leaders’ recollection before, and our facilitator asked us to reflect on the Gospel passage of St. Luke 10:25-37 with the following questions : What made you say that you love God? Who are those people that you love? How do you show your love to them?
I can still remember my answers and the points that I pondered during that recollection. My love for God is my response to His great love for me and for all of us. I answered that my family, friends, and the people whom God sent me, in the ministry and in my life, were the people whom I loved. It was easy to identify the people whom I love, not just because they loved me , but because it is my clear and concrete response to Jesus’ invitation to love God and one another. I found it difficult before to answer the question, “How do you show your love to them?” Considering that I am not expressive in actions and in words about my feelings. Nevertheless, I know that by doing acts of kindness, respecting, and giving them importance and attention are expressions of my love.
Like in our Gospel for today, Jesus gives us the two greatest commandments, the commandments that summarize all laws for us to inherit the Kingdom of God, “You shall the 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.” To actualize this teaching of Jesus Christ, He tells us the story of the Good Samaritan.
In the context of my seminary formation, the two greatest commandments of Jesus Christ are felt in all aspects of the formation process. I cannot just say and claim that I love God that is why I am pursuing my vocation, but it should be concretized by loving all members of the community whom God has sent me.