The cost of being in love

Our gospel is the well known story referred to as the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The reading opens with a question posed to Jesus: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  After recounting the parable, the reading closes with Jesus asking the one who posed the question: “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”  The man replied: “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” Continue reading

More than a simple miracle

This Sunday is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Lectionary Cycle C. Our gospel recounts the story of Jesus and the 10 lepers he encounters on his travels through Galilee and Samaria. The journey towards Jerusalem (begun in Luke 9:51) resumes with the introduction of  new characters: ten lepers. It may be noted that the disciples play no role in this story. For a brief moment the on-going theme of forming discipleship seemingly takes a backseat, as the accent is upon God’s mercy and salvation. Several commentators hold that this account marks a new turn in Luke’s telling of the gospel moving from an accent on discipleship to the larger theme of “Responding to the Kingdom” as the cleansing of lepers is taken as a sign of the in-breaking of the Kingdom. Continue reading