Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Dt 30:10-14
Col 1:15-20
Lk 10:25-37


“You shall love the Lord, your God,…and your neighbor as yourself." Without realizing it, it’s the greatest commandment that we’ve been given. Moses tells the people in the first reading, they already carry what has been commanded to them. All that’s needed is for them to live it out fully. Love is present in all that we do. Whether it be by opening a door for someone, being a shoulder to cry on, or simply smiling at someone walking past you, that to me is keeping the commandment we’ve been asked to carry. In the second reading, Paul is describing all that Christ Jesus is to all those on Earth. Col 1:20, …”making peace by the blood of his cross…” sticks out to me most as it’s so intertwined with this concept of loving all those around you. Jesus died for all of our sins because of the immense love He has for us. As Paul speaks to the Colossians about the image of Christ Jesus, in Luke, Jesus Himself tells the story of the Good Samaritan to clearly depict what each of our lives should look like. No matter where anyone is in their own lives, the story of the Good Samaritan speaks about being present and loving those around you in every moment.

In my own life, this concept of loving all those around you is connected with the need to call others by name. This is something I carried from my experience on the East LA immersion trip. Father Greg Boyle’s mission, founder of Homeboy Industries, has been to call others by name and lift them up to reach their highest potential. Simply done through the act of loving them no matter what they carry from their past. Often times it’s a challenge to constantly choose to be like the Good Samaritan, not passing on the opposite side like the priest and the Levite had done. However, we’re all called to be there for one another through the love and mercy we carry. As we’ve received this love, we must also be able to give it.

-Tanya Ibrahim '17