15th Sunday of the Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10–14

Moses said to the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.  “For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.  It is not up in the sky, that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’ Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’ No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”

2nd Reading: Colossians 1:15–20

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church.  He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Gospel: Luke 10:25–37

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.”

CONDITION TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE: Every human being wants to be happy always. Nobody wants to live a miserable life. Eternal happiness and life are only found in the one who is happiness itself, and that one is God himself. To be able to inherit eternal life and happiness, God has set out a condition to be met or fulfilled. The condition is to truly love him and to love all human beings. This means that one must love God and all human beings right from the bottom of one’s heart. It means that one should not pretend externally that he/she love a person and yet inside his/her heart he/she hates that person. In order to inherit eternal life and happiness, a person must go beyond cultural taboos which may prevent one from carrying out the will of God. For example, if one is an African, he/she must go beyond negative ethnicity, which prevents him/her from doing God’s will, and loving others unconditionally. The good Samaritan went beyond the cultural barriers of his time to help a non-Samaritan, and his action made him to be counted among those who do the will of God (Luke 10:29-37). How good will it be if the whole humanity made carrying out the will of God to be its first priority?

Prayer: Lord, help all people to do your will at all time.