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!
As we continue our journey from John’s point of view in Chapter 6, Jesus creates another miracle!
Jesus feeds everyone in John 6. Did you put yourself in the story? Are you Philip? How will you pay for all that food?
Or, are you Andrew? Andrew knew a boy that had 5 loaves and 2 fishes but believes it’s not enough. Over and over I get the same message in Scripture. Look. Do I see what is going on around me? We hear a lot about helping others and feeding the poor. Take another look at this Scripture. The Apostles need help. Jesus asks them to find the food. How can I help? What can I do? You see, I need help, too. What does God want me to do? How often do I think, “It’s not enough.” Or worse, “I am not enough.” I don’t have what it takes. What can I do? I am nobody. Think beyond the food idea. Maybe someone around me needs an encouraging word. I wish I had a million dollars or could solve world hunger. That problem is too big for me to solve. There are so many smaller needs I could solve for my family and friends. I could smile at a stranger. I could help the person in the grocery store find the item they are looking for. That has actually happened to me. It’s amazing what can happen when you look friendly. Give it a try!
This boy offers all that he has and Jesus transforms his meager provision of food into something much greater. Are you the boy who offers all that he has? Even our small gifts or talents can be used by God to change the world. Being a person who smiles is a talent that we can all obtain. What can you do this week to make a difference in someone’s life? Are you waiting for a miracle? Maybe, God is waiting for you to help Him make another miracle happen. Yes, you!
Readings for Sunday 7-26-15