Monday 7 October 2019

About Today Readings

Our Lady of the Rosary

Jonah 1:1 – 2:1, 11. Jonah 2:3-5, 8. Luke 10:25-37.

You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord – Jonah 2:3-5, 8

‘The one who took pity on him’

The priest and the Levite both passed by on the other side of the road. Excuses came readily to mind: the place was dangerous; the man was not a pretty sight; their business was urgent; it really was not their concern. The Samaritan allowed himself to feel compassion. And from feeling compassion he proceeded to act compassionately. He gave what he had. Oil to soothe the battered limbs. Wine to disinfect the wounds. His animal to carry the victim. And then he made himself responsible for the man’s recovery.

We all know the answer to Jesus’ question, ‘Which of these three proved to be the neighbour?’ But how hard it is to act in the way of the Samaritan! Let us remember: loving one’s neighbour does not mean indulging in guilt-feelings about those we cannot help, but using what resources we have to help those we can.

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