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dc.contributor.authorPurcell, Tomen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 461en_US
dc.description.abstractDear Lord, as I reflect on the message in today's gospel, my mind and feelings go in so many directions. I echo the scholar's question: "Who is my neighbor?" As I examine my conscience, I realize I have not always been faithful to your call because I have not always responded as did the Samaritan, but instead have been like the priest and the Levite.|I have sometimes given an alms to a person standing outside the door of our downtown church, but not always. I have sometimes looked him in the eye as I gave him my money, and said "God bless you" to him, but sometimes I just have given him the bills and quickly looked away. I have sometimes said "Good morning" to an obviously homeless person on the street, but I haven't ever asked how they are doing and what I could to do help them. I am conflicted about giving money to beggars, and while I am polite, I have more often rejected than responded positively to the pleas of street people asking me for a few coins.|I have stopped to help stranded motorists, but not often and usually only when it looks like they are no threat to me. I have only called 911 a few times to report a disabled vehicle alongside the road. I haven't stopped to pick up a hitchhiker in decades because I am concerned about my own safety.|I haven't always helped the people on the margins, the poor, the under-employed, the people it is easy to overlook. I get so busy in my own daily life that I forget their daily life is much more challenging, and that their struggles are for survival, while mine are for much less basic needs.|I haven't always listened with real interest when a colleague or a family member wants to talk about the problems they are facing. I nod my head, but my mind and feelings sometimes are somewhere else. I am sympathetic to their illnesses, and those of their family members, but I don't do much to lessen their suffering.|Lord, it seems like the more I become aware of what I have to lose, the more afraid I am to help the victims I see. I sometimes put my safety and protecting my possessions ahead of the needs of the hurting people I encounter. I don't always engage them with the empathy that you ask of me, and I am not always interested in helping them address what hurts them.|And so my prayer today is for the gift of Your empathy and selflessness, for the strength to let go of my possessions, my safety, my concerns, my selfishness, so I can see everyone I encounter as my neighbor, as did the Samaritan, and to soothe their hurts in whatever way I can.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherSt. Francis of Assisien_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, October 4, 2010: 27th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Business Administrationen_US
dc.program.unitHeider College of Businessen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorPurcell, Thomas J., IIIen_US Timeen_US 27en_US
dc.subject.local1Galatians 1:6-12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9, 10cen_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 10:25-37en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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