This is the greatest Commandment according to Luke!
“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.” “But who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10:25-37)
Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan didn’t know the injured man on the road. He wasn’t from the same country or tribe. He wasn’t from the same faith. But he still helped him. So who was a good neighbor? The one who treated the injured man with mercy. He cleaned his wounds, picked him up and took him to a place that would help him. He even paid for his healthcare.
A good parable to talk about during the Year of Mercy!
How will you get your spiritual workout? We all could use a little help and a little mercy! So be a neighbor to everyone around you! Stay strong!
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Mt 5:1-12
Pope Francis asks us to concentrate on being merciful as we begin the Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception .
Take the challenge to do one of the Corporal Works of Mercy every week! You can probably start at
home and then branch out! I bet you could do one of these a day. Visiting someone in prison or burying the dead is probably not one that you can do. You could pray for someone who has died. You could even send a card to someone you know is sick or check on people who live alone. Check with your parents if you are under 18. They probably have a few ideas! The point is: Think about it and then do SOMETHING!