FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: The Good Samaritan
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
HOMILY FOR MONDAY OCTOBER 3 2022
An expert of the law came to Jesus and asked, “Master, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus 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 neighbour as yourself.” The legal luminary asked further: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus provided an answer with a parable of the Good Samaritan who bandaged the wounds of a Jew to demonstrate that love goes beyond the boundaries of tribe, race, and religion. The love, which the Good Samaritan demonstrated, was unconditional. His act of charity was not done for any material gain. He went against the conventional wisdom ofthe world, which says, ‘You give something to get something in return.’ Nigerians would say “nothing goes for nothing.” Teddy Pendergrass, a musician captures this wisdom of the world in the lyrics of his popular music: ‘It’s so good loving somebody when somebody loves you back.’ Was the Samaritan expecting any love in return? He loved for the sake of love and the sake of God. In the story of the Good Samaritan Jesus teaches unconditional love which means loving people as God loves them, seeing people as God sees them, and caring for others as God cares for us. Have we realized that true love is not a mere feeling butan action?