Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (II) (8th October, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 110:1-2.7-10. (R. v.5);
Topic: Known to God.
A lawyer to test Jesus asked Him in today’s gospel, “...what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He told him to love God and his neighbour as written in the law. To justify himself, he asked further, “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus told him a parable in which a man who travelled from Jerusalem to Jericho fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him, and left him half dead and went away. A priest and a Levite saw him and passed by on the other side. It was a Samaritan who had pity on him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them. He “put him on his animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” He gave the innkeeper two denarii with the instruction to take care of the man and promised to pay whatever more he spent.
It is important to remind ourselves that the Jews and the Samaritans were enemies at the time of this parable. The action of this Samaritan can be likened to someone spending his/her resources on a professed enemy. But he must have seen beyond the man who fell into the hands of the robbers and was certain his good action was known to God who will repay everyone according to their deeds, cf. Is 59:18; Jer 25:14.
We ought to follow the example of the Samaritan in today’s gospel. In doing this, we must remember also that “What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.” Following the example of the Samaritan does not require only great deeds but also little things.
Bible Reading: Jas 2:14-26.
Thought for today: Do good to everyone.
Let us pray: May God help us imitate the Good Samaritan – Amen.
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