May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/071016.cfm

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Because of all the violence that is occurring, a lot of people today are asking “who is my neighbor?”.  We look at people and question who they are, what are their motives, where did they come from, will they hurt me? When we look at people we pass by, we should be looking for Christ in them, not evil. Yes there are bad people out there, but most are not. Most are good people with the same problems you have. Stop and listen to what they say. You may be surprised how much you have in common. Be Jesus to them.

 Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see you in the people I meet today. Help me to help those who need you in their lives. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

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