Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for July 14, 2019.
Description: Reflection for 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time invites readers to consider that the opposite of love is not hate. It’s apathy: ignoring a need, not caring, and doing nothing when there is something we can do to relieve suffering. In this Gospel reading, Jesus gives us the Parable of the Good Samaritan to explain that if we love God with our whole heart, our whole being, our whole strength, and our whole mind, we naturally care about other people, even those who are strangers, even those whom we’re “not supposed to” like, and even when it costs us something personally.
Many of the problems that exist in our world are allowed to continue because too many of us Christians — we who through Christ have the power to change the world — do not care enough to sacrifice our time and personal agendas to get involved. Much of the suffering that’s endured in our families and workplaces and parishes would be stopped or relieved if enough Christians loved God enough to care about others enough to risk the cost of intervening.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, social justice awareness, staff meeting, RCIA, adult faith formation, etc.