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The Good Samaritan & Hardened Hearts

Discussion in 'Discipleship: Following Jesus' started by Unofficial Reverand Alex, Jul 19, 2019.

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    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.”​

    That was last Sunday's Gospel reading, from Luke 10. There's so much to be said about the Good Samaritan, and I wanted to share a short article with a great reflection of looking at ourselves in the light of this well-known parable:

    “...If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: ‘Eh, the effect of wine. He’s a drunk,’ do not ask yourself if that man is drunk, ask yourself if your heart has hardened, if your heart has become ice,” the pope said July 14.

    The true “face of love,” he continued, is “mercy towards a human life in need. This is how one becomes a true disciple of Jesus.”

    ...

    The pope noted a detail of the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is that the Samaritan was considered an unbeliever. Jesus uses a man of no faith as a model, he said, because this man, in “loving his brother as himself, shows that he loves God with all his heart and with all his strength – the God he did not know!”...

    Full article: Pope Francis: Judge Your Own Heart First – Not That of Those in Need

    May God bless us all with the grace to reach out to our neighbors in need; have peace & pray!
     
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