Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What's Love Got to Do with It? (Bible Study Recap)


Howdy, neighbor! :-)

First? Please, in your charity (or mercy or love) keep Maureen Hall, Maureen Sullivan, and all the Bible Study Buddies in your prayers…we pray for you all the time. Thanks!

Actually, "love," or "charity" or "mercy" has everything to do with it, as the Readings for this Sunday emphasize:

Deuteronomy 30:10-14: The Commandments of God (Only you know? Read the whole chapter…it's short.)
Psalm 69—Turn to the Lord in Your Need


Psalm 199—Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Col 1:15-20—The First Born of Creation
Luke 10:25-37—The Good Samaritan

Praise God, it was a great session tonight!

Except Pat was LATE!!!

Pat's never late. Other people are late but Pat never is!!! Sure, she messaged me and all that, but still — she was LATE!!! Sheesh!

I found out, on the way home, why…

She was helping out a friend — a subway musician  — he needed help — before trotting over to the Pru. Good for Pat! (And…uh…bad for me for even wondering why she was late. This is a frequent fault of mine.)

And…I was determined to go into tonight's session with evidence — EVIDENCE! -- to PROVE that the priest and the Levite were wrong, wrong, wrong!

That was wrong of me…the whole point of the Law, as Moses tells us in Sunday's First Reading? It isn't rocket science! It doesn't require all sorts of lawyers and apologists and brainy folks (not that there's anything wrong with thinking and reasoning) to figure out the difference between right and wrong. We're gifted with that ability. It's simple — maybe not easy but simple.

Wish we could've gotten into Paul's Epistle…but we were so into what God was saying to us, we forgot about the time. If you'd like the notes, please shoot me an email.

May God continue to bless you.

Oremus pro invicem!

Your humble scribe,

Kelly <---good br="" coming="" for="" reading="" stuff="" thank="" up="" you="">
The Living Tradition

Catechism: Christ died out of love for us, while we were still “enemies” (Rom 5:10). The Lord asks us to love as he does, even our enemies, to make ourselves the neighbor of those farthest away, and to love children and the poor as Christ himself. (CCC 1825)

Augustine: “The whole human race, you see, is that man who was lying on the road, left there by bandits half dead, who was ignored by the passing priest and Levite, while the passing Samaritan stopped by him to take care of him and help him….In this Samaritan the Lord Jesus Christ wanted us to understand himself.” (Augustine, Sermons 171.2; trans. E. Hill, cited in Gadenz, The Gospel of Luke, p. 213).