Reflection 2 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said…“And who is my neighbour?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped 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 the way back.” Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbour to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus answered, “Go and do likewise.”

Sharing the Mission

Jesus asks the lawyer: “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbour to the man who fell in with robbers?” The answer came, “The one who treated him with mercy.” It would seem that in asking the lawyer that question, Jesus was s aying equivalently to him, “You asked Me ‘who was my neighbour?’ That was not a good question. The question you should have asked me was: “To whom can I BE neighbour? And the answer to that question is, ‘the first poor person you meet on the road.’


As a conference “To whom can we BE neighbour?”


(Together) Lord, give us the grace to love you with all our heart, with all our being,
with all our strength, and with all all our mind, and our neighbour as our
self. Amen