Message of the Week

Reflections from the July 10 Gospel

Luke 10:25-37
In today’s Gospel a scholar questions Jesus about how to gain eternal life. In case anyone ever wonders whether heaven is within reach, one only needs to refer to this Gospel. Jesus provides a clear answer that gives us a clear plan of action: We are to love God with all that we are, and also to love our neighbors. Really, it’s that simple. When we love God in this way, truly as the Lord of our life, then loving our neighbors becomes the easy part. When our hearts and minds are full of the love of God—who loves all people—then it will necessarily follow that we too will desire to share that love with others and not count the cost. The good Samaritan is an excellent example of this kind of love. Without hope of repayment, he gave of his time and his money to help the poor victim. But in return, the Samaritan will surely “gain eternal life.”

Questions of the Week

Luke 10:25-37:
How do you think the scholar
of the law reacted to Jesus’ request,
“Go and do likewise”?
Deuteronomy 30:10-14:
What challenges you to carry out God’s laws and statutes?
Colossians 1:15-20:
How would you define Jesus Christ based on this Christological hymn?