Sunday Reflection
 

 

Sunday Reflection from Father Anthony

Sunday, July 14th 2019

 

 

 

We all in life strive for something and as Christians, we strive for eternal life. From the Gospel reading this Sunday, a scholar of the law stood up to Jesus to test him, "Teacher ,what must I do to inherit eternal life?" In answer to his question, Jesus gave him a couple of important things that he needed to do pertaining to loving God with his everything and loving his neighbor as himself. He didn't get the "neighbor" part of it, that is why Jesus went ahead to tell the story commonly known as the parable of the Good Samaritan! Jesus concluded the story with a question, "Which of the three made himself a neighbor?" This is after a man who had fallen among robbers was beaten and left to die. While the two other people ignored him, a Samaritan came to his rescue!

The teaching of Jesus calls us to love, especially those in need. It is not only observing the commandments or laws that can help us reach God. We must, first and foremost, fulfill the commandment of love, which helps us to fulfill all other commandments. Jesus does not tell us to figure out who to help and who to ignore. All are God's children, we have to love everyone without limitations. We have to love by doing, because God has given us the free gift of love and we have the capacity to love. Let us be the Good Samaritans sent by God to bring His love to others.

Amen