Readings: Gal. 1:6-12 | Ps. 111:1-2, 7-10 | Lk. 10:25-37
Paul is calling the Galatians to live by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This Gospel demands that we act as Luke prescribes today, that is: “ to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” Jesus describes one’s neighbor as the Good Samaritan who went out of his way to take care of the man beaten by robbers. Two others passed the man and ignored him. It is a story that each of us could convert to modern times as we recall those who are hungry, homeless, lonely, forgotten. How many there are in our own neighborhoods, places of work, etc. who are in need of recognition or a genuine look of care and concern. We are invited to be the neighbor, despite where we came from, who goes out to others in need and responds with care and concern.
Look around your home, your neighborhood, your place of work. Who is lonely, sad, sick, hungry? How can you go out to that person to help them? Remember each person is a representative of Christ. Tomorrow begin the journey anew.