Monday 9 October 2017

About Today Readings

St Denis & Cc.; St John Leonardi

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 beast to carry the victim. And then he made himself responsible for the man’s after-care. 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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