Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

October 9, 2023

The Good Samaritan

Daily Mass Readings for Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years. 2023 is Cycle 1. 2024 is Cycle 2.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Jonah 1:1–2:1-2, 11: “But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Galatians 1:6-12: “Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people?”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Jonah 2: “You will rescue my life from the pit, O Lord.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 111: “The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.”
  • Gospel Luke 10:25-37: “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.”

Thoughts

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus tells us that being a neighbor means treating the other with compassion.

It is very easy to show love and compassion for people whom I identify with. It is more difficult to show mercy to people who are different from me, either because of where they are from, how they look, their economic status, or their political views. Jesus doesn’t ask me to try to make them more like me or agree with them. He asks me to love them.

It makes me ask if I am open to loving all people. I must consider how I treat those around me from different cultures, religions, and walks of life.

Prayer for Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Lord Jesus, please give me a heart like the Good Samaritan. Lord, teach me to show love and compassion for everyone. Let me see all people as my neighbor, especially those who are different than me. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections for Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Word On Fire: Do What Jesus Did

From Bishop Robert Barron for Monday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time. “Friends, our Gospel today is one of the best-known of Jesus’ parables, the story of the Good Samaritan. Every story, parable, illustration, and exhortation is, at the end of the day, a picture of the Lord.” Continue reading.

Common-Sense Compassion

From Fr. Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation. “What Jesus is doing in this beautiful story is defining what love of neighbor is: it is the concrete practice of love and caring. We already know this law of compassion, because it is written in our hearts. Our common sense knows what we are supposed to do, and we still don’t do it. We contradict our own good common sense when we seek ritual purity or any kind of moral superiority instead of loving who and what is right in front of us.” Continue reading.

USCCB Reflection: Seeing the Need

Who is my neighbor? We are called to notice the presence of Christ in the needy and the broken. The priest is too busy doing work to see the need. The Levite thinks he is already doing all he can. The Samaritan truly saw the need of the victim and was willing to help.

The Good Samaritan

From Bishop Robert Barron. “The story of the Good Samaritan is not merely a morality tale, an account of the kind of life we should lead. It is that, but, at the deepest level, it is also a telling of the basic story of sin, fall, and redemption. All of us sinners are the man beaten up and left half-dead by the side of the road. We cannot be saved by law or religion or our own works, but only by Jesus Christ and his grace. This best-known of Jesus’ parables is finally a narrative of salvation.”

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