Give me a loving heart, O Lord, like your own.
Picture Jesus with His disciples.
The lawyer’s question was common in Judaism, “How far must my charity extend? Who is within that circle?”
Jesus’ parable uses the usual set of three persons. Logically, after the priest and Levite, the third person should be a Jewish layperson. The story’s impact comes from the identity of the caregiver – a Samaritan, an enemy of Israel. He is the model disciple because love must embrace the whole world.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The lawyer wanted a theoretical answer for his intellect.
- Instead, Jesus tells a story which pierces the heart. In the parable, the actions of the priest and Levite are unacceptable.
- The parable describes a disciple’s love – total, personal and with no reservations.
- His love embraces everyone – the poor, despised, helpless and even enemies.
- The example is highly vivid because the Samaritans received no love from the Israelites.
- This love is very practical. Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.”
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, flood my heart with love and I will accept this river.
- Limitless – that is your love for me and it should be my love for you.
- All-embracing, that should be my willingness to serve the needy.
- O Jesus, change my heart. Change my heart. Change my heart.
- O Jesus, let me “go and do likewise.” Action, not theory makes me your disciple.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will open my eyes and see how limited is my present love.
+ I will see Christ in all those who have needs.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
“Take care of him and I will repay you.”