Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 15, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Sometimes the instructions for assembling small household accessories can prove so complicated as to cause us real frustration.
Explanations of the law can give us headaches, too. In this Sunday's first reading from Deuteronomy, Moses tells the people that God's law is not complicated, nor is it too lofty and mysterious. No one needs to travel to distant lands in order to find it. It is, in fact, written in their hearts.
Jesus also simplifies the Law of Love in today's Gospel. The scribes knew well the law that commanded the people of Israel to love their neighbor as their very selves. That wasn't the problem. The debate was all about who was their neighbor. And so, Jesus gives them the beautiful parable of the Good Samaritan.
Jesus teaches several important lessons that shocked his listeners. First, our neighbor can be anyone at all—there are no boundaries to the word; second, an unbeliever may be quicker to give help, and more generous in his response than a pious religious person.
This week we need to ask ourselves, "Do I get close enough to my neighbor to identify his needs, and then to give that neighbor practical and immediate assistance?" We need to look into our hearts for answers. There we will find the law written very clearly and simply.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore --
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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