Monday, the 27th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Leonardi
Readings for today’s Mass
Jesus' response started with “Once upon a time…” and ended with a question back to the scholar. A great political move! Answer the question by asking another question. The wisdom in the response is having the asker answer his own question - The neighbor was the one who was merciful.
If i 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.”
Jesus did a similar thing once before. There was a conversation about conflict resolution. (See Mt 18:15). When we are can’t find resolution, 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 gentiles and tax collectors people with respect; he socialized with them, he loved them. He treated them neighborly. The question the scholar of the law should have been asking is “How can i be a better neighbor?” The answer would still be the same. Show mercy.
Most significant in today’s gospel, in response to the scholar of the law, is Jesus’ final word on the matter. Go and do likewise. Go and be neighborly.