MESSAGE OF THE DAY
God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and
then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.
Jon 1:1-2:1-2, 11; Jonah 2:3, 4, 5, 8; Lk 10:25-37
R. You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.
Out of my distress I called to the LORD,
and he answered me;
From the midst of the nether world I cried for help,
and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea,
and the flood enveloped me;
All your breakers and your billows
passed over me.
Then I said, “I am banished from your sight!
yet would I again look upon your holy temple.”
When my soul fainted within me,
I remembered the LORD;
My prayer reached you
in your holy temple.
Praying the Daily Gospels
– by Philip St. Romain:
– Luke 10:25-37 (Parable of the Good Samaritan)
And who is my neighbor?” the lawyer asks Jesus in earnest. Many rabbis interpreted God’s commandment to love one’s neighbor as a summons to love only Jews. Jesus counters this elitism by posing a story about a Samaritan who is a model of the true neighbor, closer to God’s heart than the Jewish priest who hurries along, ignoring the man on the side of the road. Since Samaritans were despised by the Jews, Jesus’ parable must have stung his listeners.
– Who are the “people in the bushes” ignored in today’s world? How do you respond to their needs?
– “Jesus was the only teacher tall enough to see over the fences that divide the human race into compartments,” Frank Crane wrote.
Pray for the grace to be able to see people as Christ sees them.
THEOLOGICAL GEMS FROM EMIL MERCH’S THEOLOGY OF THE MYSTICAL BODY
218. God simply is. His way is to be without restriction or
negation, to be entirely and eminently nothing but Being; to become God cannot in any way involve ceasing to be oneself.