Thursday, July 14, 2016

God gives us mercy and we must pass it on: 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.


This weekend offers several deep readings
·      Please reading these texts some time today again
·      Great readings
As there could be several different focuses, I will speak about our first reading and the Gospel through a thread of mercy
Our first reading is from Deuteronomy that gives mercy to us
·      “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.”
·      Then, how are we to find God’s voice?
·      “…this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.”
o   Do we have to go to the sky?  Nope
o   Is it across the sea?  Nope
o   “No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”
·      God gives us mercy: love, patience, compassion, forgiveness
In the Gospel of Luke we listened to the Good Samaritan
·      A man that was robbed and beaten on a road
·      The “righteous” individuals—a priest and a Levite (perfect people in the law) walked around him
·      Then the Samaritan (a totally foreigner, not Jewish) showed as a true neighbor
o   Came up to him
o   Poured oil and wine over his wounds
o   Lifted him up on his own animal
o   Brought him to an inn
o   Offered two silvers—his money
Jesus then asked the scholar of the law a question
·      Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
·      The scholar answered, "The one who treated him with mercy."
Mercy is for us from God…we are to share mercy to others

That’s how our family grows

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