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July 14, 2019

The question the scholar of the Law asks in the gospel today is not really “who is my neighbor?” because deep down he knows that every human being is neighbor and kin. Every living being necessarily relies on another in the fragile ecosystem of life on this earth. The scholar blinds himself to this truth because it will ask too much of him and require changes in his personal behavior, eliminating the multiple excuses put forth to remain solidly in avoidance mode.

We all recognize avoidance mode behavior, because we have all used it in some form, Jesus could accept our rationalizations, but instead he chose to tell the story of the good Samaritan, who avoided excuses and acted out of his heart, not his practical head, inconveniencing himself, interrupting his journey, spending time and money caring for an unknown victim regardless of his religion.

Moses helps us understand this fundamental teaching of our faith as we read in Deuteronomy today: heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes written in the book of the Law…they are not too mysterious or remote, not up in the sky or across the sea. No, they are near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry them out. How profound! God’s laws are already inscribed in our minds and hearts. It is as if God says: these laws should guide your lives because this is how I made you. Think about that. God made us with laws already built into our very being. They are meant to help us live full, happy, meaningful lives—lives full of love for God and neighbor.

Carrying out God’s laws and teachings has always been the challenge…but let us reflect today on how to continue trying.

Let Us Pray:

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
This, I believe. Amen.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


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