Monday, the 27th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Denis and Companions
Readings for today’s Mass
The response to the questions starts with “Once upon a time. . .” and ends with a question for the scholar. (A great political move - answer the question by asking another question.) The wisdom in the response is having the asker think for him/herself and answer their own question - the neighbor was the one who was merciful.
If we dig a little deeper into this exchange, i hear Jesus saying something like this. “You’re asking the wrong question. Why worry about who is your neighbor? It is more important that you are neighborly to those you meet. That will make everyone your neighbor.”
In another text, Jesus did a similar thing. There was a conversation about conflict resolution. (See Mt 18:15). When we can’t find resolution with an adversary, he said,
“. . . treat him (the other) as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.” Again, there is more here than meets the eye. When we read into and beyond the text, we see that Jesus treated these people with respect; he ate with and loved the Gentile and the tax collector. He treated them as neighbors.
The question the scholar should have asked is: “How can i be a better neighbor?” The answer would still be the same. Revisit the reflection of Sept. 21: Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy!
The punch line from today’s gospel is in Jesus’ final word on the matter: “Go and do likewise.” (Lk 10:37b) Go and be neighborly.