Where Are We In The Picture?
Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Scripture Readings: Jonah 1:1–2:1-2, 11; Jonah 2:3, 4, 5, 8; Luke 10:25-37
My dear encountered couples:
The first part of our gospel reading states the principle that should be at the heart of every one of our thoughts and actions. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
The second part contains an example of how that principle can be put into action - the parable of the Good Samaritan. First the principle, then the application.
The principles taught by Christ are not to be just learned, treasured, and then stored away like expensive jewelry in a safe deposit box. They are to be taken out and used. We are to apply the principles of Christ to each and every situation in our lives.
But Jesus was not the originator of this particular principle. It can be found in the Old Testament. (Dt 6/5; Lv 19/18) And he didn’t merely want to put his seal of approval on it. He wanted to emphasize the importance of putting it into action if we are serious about attaining everlasting life in heaven.
It can be assumed that the priest and the Levite were very familiar with this teaching. But it is one thing to know what God wants us to do, it is another to do it. Are we living the teachings of Jesus in today’s gospel? Or do we sometimes go over to another gospel?
Jesus tells us to love God and our neighbor in action. When we do it only in intention maybe we are living according to another gospel, the one that says, “Take care of Number One, don’t get involved.”
The priest and the Levite walked past the stranger on the road, the Samaritan stopped. Where are we in that picture?