Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Friday, July 9, 2010

Family Bible Study - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Luke 10:25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I
do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do
you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and
your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right
answer; do this, and you will live.” 29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him,
and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down
that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a
Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a
Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with
pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on
them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of
him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said,
‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’
36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the
hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to
him, “Go and do likewise.”

Questions for discussion:

1. Jesus says that we are to love the Lord our God with all our
heart, all our soul, all our strength, and all our mind. How much of your heart
do you use to love God? Your soul? Your strength? Your mind? (Give yourself
numerical grades like 25%, 50%, 100%). How can you do better?

2. Who is your “neighbor” today? How can you be a “Good Samaritan” today?

3. The question “What must I do to inherit eternal life” is really one of the
most important questions you could ever ask. What is the answer to this question? How are you putting this answer into practice?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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