Reflection from Fr. Taylor: September 25, 2016, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s gospel reading from Saint Luke is one of the most challenging in all the Bible. This speaks to the most serious implication that Jesus teaches us about the necessity of our care of others.

The point we must keep in mind is that the man is condemned not because of anything he did, but because of what he did not do in his life. He had much, but he cared little and shared a little. In a civil court proceeding the rich man would have been completely acquitted. As a matter of fact, no charges would have been made. Jesus is talking about a higher court.

At the beginning of each mass we pray, I confess that I have sinned, and what I have done and what I have failed to do. Most of the time we are focusing on what we have done. Today’s gospel is about what I have failed to do.

Have I been putting off doing something for others? Have I gotten so used to things being the way they are that there is a real lack of moral concern. Compared to the rich man in the story perhaps most of us look pretty good. There is no attempt by Jesus to put us in a guilt trap. But there is a reminder that we can’t always pass by someone in need.

Maybe today is the day to take a second look and see, should I have stopped, should I have helped my neighbor?



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