9 Oct 2017: Called to be Compassionate

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Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 Gospel: Lk. 10:25-37

Today’s gospel reveals to us about one of the core characteristics of Jesus through the parable of the Good Samaritan. It sheds ample light on the aspect of being compassionate. Through the portrait of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us, again and again, to “be moved with compassion” (Lk. 10:33) for the needy ones.

We see that Jesus Himself was moved with compassion at different moments – a) On seeing the crowds that followed Jesus who were like sheep without a shepherd; b) prior to feeding the five thousand (Mt 14;14); c) prior to feeding the four thousand (Mt 15:32); d) towards a leper (Mk. 1:40-41); e) towards the two blind men (Mt 20:30-34), etc.

The Good Samaritan was also an embodiment of compassion for we read that having moved with compassion “he went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them,” (Lk 10:34) and brought him to the inn for the necessary medical care.

This parable is nothing but a reminder for us to be like Jesus. When we look at Jesus who was compassion personified, we might tend to think that Jesus is the Son of God and therefore it was possible for Him but not for me. Through the imagery of the Good Samaritan, Jesus points out to us that every person of good will can be the keeper of our brother and sister (Gen.4:19) and be compassion personified. We need to just SEE and ask ourselves this question:“If I don’t stop to help somebody who is in need, what will happen to him?; Rather than asking the opposite: “If I stop to help this person what will happen to my job, occupation or profession? So, let us clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13: 14) and let us not be in hurry to fulfill our duties, being blind to the needs of other. Because Jesus reminds us again through the golden rule: “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Mt. 7:12).

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