“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” -St. Francis

Pastor’s Desk


Love: Expensive or Expansive? Every human society needs laws and so does the Christian Community. We have Divine and human laws. And so, the question arises: in what does true religion consists? In this weekend readings, three wonderful teachers, Moses, Paul and Jesus provide the answer to this question. The teacher of the law, eager to know Jesus’ opinion that worried him, he asked Jesus: “Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Instead of giving an answer, Jesus, in turn, put to the man the question; “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” Jesus explains to him of being a good Samaritan. To be a good Samaritan is a risky business. We do not know where it ends. An act of compassion may lead us into another of kindness and finally even a caring relationship may blossom. It is much safer, as we know, to contribute to the collection basket or the sponsorship program and leave it at that. But that would be rather a superficial love, not Samaritan like charity, which gets personally involved in the person cared for.

We shall therefore ask ourselves: are our eyes open to see the pain in other people’s eyes? Are our ears open to hear the cry in other people’s voices? Are our hearts open to become involved in other people’s hurts? Perhaps we often by pass our needy neighbor because of some dislike, mistrust or prejudice; if so, we need to search in our own hearts and see how wounded we are ourselves, how broken we are ourselves, so that we can see in the wounded, in the broken and in the weak our own reflection, and love them. The parable does not command us to go out, risk our lives and become heroes. It invites us to reach out, risk our pride and become compassionate humans. We are called not so much to an expensive love but to an expansive love. As Saint Mother Teresa says”, A helping hand doesn’t need to be big in size. It is the helping attitude that matters the most”. What Jesus said to the teacher of the Law, he says to us——“Go and do the same yourself”.

Fr. Albeen