06 Oct What must I do to inherit eternal life? (Lk 10:27) by Paul Westendorf
“…love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Lk 10:27 (full readings)
Paul’s Reflections: Well you really can’t give a better answer than that now can you? Short reflection. I’m done, but oh wait, what’s that “neighbor” thing really mean? As the discussion between the scholar and Jesus took place, that really became the main question. The strange thing is it is still a question we struggle with today. My neighbor can’t be the person who just cut me off on the way to work? It can’t be the person who almost runs you over while you are out running? It can’t be the person that is driving into the abortion clinic and hollering at you “Get a life”? It would be easy to say they are not our neighbors, but we must look for the path the Samaritan would have taken. We need to recognize that these people (only God knows what’s going on in their lives) need our help in prayers and forgiveness. Further in the parable, Jesus describes the actions of the robbers “they stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.” This description fits today exactly with what the Abortion Industry does to the family and the dignity of human life. Surely God does not intend for the people having abortions or the medical people performing them to be our neighbors? Yes, He does (see the sign above). The families contemplating and/or impacted by abortion and the medical personal are our neighbors who are most in need. The Samaritan realized to do the right thing, he had to step away from his comfort and reach out to tend to the victim. We too (like the Samaritan) must step away, step out, and be seen in order to help those stripped and beaten by the Abortion Industry and truly “Love our Neighbor”.
* Paul Westendorf is Membership Coordinator of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Jacquie and lives in Sioux Falls, SD. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Forty Days for Life is getting ready to start or has started in many communities. Find your nearest group and dedicate some time in praying in front of the nearest Abortion Clinic. Be seen, let your neighbor know that you care for them; offer them an alternative, hope, and prayers.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Bruno
Faith Quote: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Through Christ our Lord,