Readings : Jonah 1: 1-2:1,11 Luke 10: 25-37
“There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessing upon the family than the daily recitation of Rosary” says Pope Pius XII. Today the Church keeps the feast of the Holy Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius V to celebrate the anniversary of the defeat of the Turkish fleet at the battle of Lepanto on the first Sunday in October 1571. Later the feast was moved to the fixed date of 7 October.
There happened a great miracle of the rosary in Hiroshima, Japan. On 6th August 1945 at 08.15 a.m. an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the American Navy. The impact of the bomb was so devastating that all the building within the radius of 1.5 kilometers were leveled to the ground. The only ones to survive the atom bomb was a group of eight Jesuit missionaries who lived within 1 kilometer away from the explosion and they lived next to the church of Assumption. They not only survived but also lived healthy life with no radiation sickness. Fr. Schiffer, who survived from the atom bomb, was interviewed by media and he attributed their miraculous survival to the power of the Rosary. He said, “We lived and prayed the rosary daily in that home”. Such is the power of Holy Rosary which is the best tool for human beings to be protected from evil powers.
A good story always has a punch line and a comment. Today’s gospel is a great story of Jesus. The punch-line go and do, there is nothing about the law, theology or academic. Jesus did not say what a neighbor is or who the neighbor is. What we would say at the end of the story of the Good Samaritan. We find two major divisions. 1. What shall I do to inherit eternal life? and 2. Who is my neighbor?. These both questions are interconnected. When Jesus asks the lawyer what is written in the law, the lawyer quotes from Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 verses, they are ‘love of God’ and ‘love of neighbour.’ The lawyer knew that one is incomplete without the other. The message is clear. We can’t love God without loving our neighbor who is in need. Similarly, we can’t love our neighbor unless we really love God. Let us examine how we follow in our lives. Let us ask God to give this grace as He had given to Mary and let us be real person.