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October 04, 2021

Lk 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” 

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 

But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 

Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Mother Teresa and the Cardiologist

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Wright journeyed to Calcutta to seek the wisdom of Mother Teresa. Dr. Wright desperately sought the answer to his burning question: “How will I be judged?”

When Mother Teresa invited him to care for a dying leper, Dr. Paul failed miserably: “The dying person’s suffering and loneliness overwhelmed me. I recoiled from the stench of the infected wounds and tissues and walked out of the House of the Dying.” 

After apologizing to Mother Teresa, Dr. Paul listened carefully to her wisdom: “Dr. Paul, I do things that you cannot do, and you do things that I cannot do, but together we can do beautiful things for God.” Mother Teresa then advised Dr. Paul “to go home and grow in love and compassion in his own community.” She challenged him to be the cardiologist who would see each patient as Christ.

Imagine how our day would transform if we applied Mother Teresa’s advice to those who would cross our path. Each fast food order would not be a transaction but an opportunity to smile, thank, and connect. Waiting on the phone for the customer service person would lose a bit of the aggravation since  an opportunity awaits to be nice to someone bombarded with complaints. We need to heighten our awareness of internal dialogue that reduces the other. 

Jesus and Mother Teresa tell us to show mercy to those different from ourselves, those hard to like. “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  We pray for humility, self-awareness, and grace to answer “Here am I. Send me!”

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, has assisted in the establishment and ongoing development of Jesuit Prayer, and founded the University of Notre Dame’s original prayer site in 2007. Kathleen is the author of  I had Lunch with God: Gospel Inspirations for Tough Times and the co-author of the forthcoming website  findinggodtoday.org.

 

Prayer

Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel Your presence in our souls.
Let them look up, and see no longer us, but only Jesus!

Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be ours.
It will be You, shining on others through us.

Let us thus praise You in the way You love best, by shining on those around us.
Let us preach You without preaching, not by words but by example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for You.
Amen.

Saint Cardinal John Henry Newman

 


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October 04, 2021

Lk 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” 

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 

But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 

Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Mother Teresa and the Cardiologist

Cardiologist Dr. Paul Wright journeyed to Calcutta to seek the wisdom of Mother Teresa. Dr. Wright desperately sought the answer to his burning question: “How will I be judged?”

When Mother Teresa invited him to care for a dying leper, Dr. Paul failed miserably: “The dying person’s suffering and loneliness overwhelmed me. I recoiled from the stench of the infected wounds and tissues and walked out of the House of the Dying.” 

After apologizing to Mother Teresa, Dr. Paul listened carefully to her wisdom: “Dr. Paul, I do things that you cannot do, and you do things that I cannot do, but together we can do beautiful things for God.” Mother Teresa then advised Dr. Paul “to go home and grow in love and compassion in his own community.” She challenged him to be the cardiologist who would see each patient as Christ.

Imagine how our day would transform if we applied Mother Teresa’s advice to those who would cross our path. Each fast food order would not be a transaction but an opportunity to smile, thank, and connect. Waiting on the phone for the customer service person would lose a bit of the aggravation since  an opportunity awaits to be nice to someone bombarded with complaints. We need to heighten our awareness of internal dialogue that reduces the other. 

Jesus and Mother Teresa tell us to show mercy to those different from ourselves, those hard to like. “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  We pray for humility, self-awareness, and grace to answer “Here am I. Send me!”

Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, has assisted in the establishment and ongoing development of Jesuit Prayer, and founded the University of Notre Dame’s original prayer site in 2007. Kathleen is the author of  I had Lunch with God: Gospel Inspirations for Tough Times and the co-author of the forthcoming website  findinggodtoday.org.

 

Prayer

Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel Your presence in our souls.
Let them look up, and see no longer us, but only Jesus!

Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be ours.
It will be You, shining on others through us.

Let us thus praise You in the way You love best, by shining on those around us.
Let us preach You without preaching, not by words but by example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for You.
Amen.

Saint Cardinal John Henry Newman

 


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