Who is This?

Monday of week 27 in Ordinary Time, based on Luke 10: 25-37

  Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

  But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Deborah Wilhelm

Dr. Deborah Wilhelm is the author, with Bishop Sylvester Ryan, of Preaching Matters: A Praxis for Preachers (Paul Bechtold Theological Library). An active preacher, teacher, writer, retreat leader, and Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate, she holds a D.Min. in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has taught theology, presiding, and preaching for the Loyola Institute for Ministry; preaching for the Aquinas Institute of Theology, for Santa Clara University, and for the Diocese of Monterey (California); and writing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She lives and prays with her family among the rivers, trees, and blackberry vines of rural Oregon.

2 thoughts on “Who is This?

  1. good evening madam,
    I am your on line student-Jane Frances. This is providential, I missed the Eucharistic celebration this morning because I was traveling from Tanzania-from visiting our sisters. Thank you for the homily. Very precise. Madam you have a much younger voice, I thought I was listening to a 16 year old girl reading but the quality of the homily and your super
    articulation of English brought in the professional touch that you have a gift for. If I wanted to be listening to you more often, where do I log in? Now I will be able to tell your voice when I listen to the course videos.
    Ones again, I have enjoyed your homily madam, thank you for sharing,
    Sr. Jane Frances Ibvm

  2. Hello, Sr. Jane, and many thanks for your kind words. You can listen to preaching from a variety of different preachers every day at this site, http://www.word.op.org, and I would love it if your sisters in East Africa were able to listen regularly when they do not otherwise have access to preaching on the readings of the day. Whenever you visit, you will automatically be taken to the proper day, and if you are looking for a reflection on a particular day, you can simply click on the calendar for that date. Have a good break from studies this week!

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