This month, Bev explores the 2nd chapter of Fratelli Tutti in which Pope Francis unwraps the parable of the Good Samaritan, telling us that ‘we cannot be indifferent to suffering… instead, we should feel indignant, challenged to emerge from our comfortable isolation and to be changed by our contact with human suffering.’
For the reflection material click HERE
An easy to print Marian Mothers guide to the reflection can be found HERE
Begin with Prayer, then read Luke 10 : 29-37
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers… a Samaritan, … came to where he was; and … he had compassion, … bound his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him… Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Full version-Lk:10:25-37)
Read the Scripture again to yourself. Notice how you feel.
Share a word, phrase, or sense that touches you.
Listen to the Reflection (see link below)or Read the Script.
To Listen to the Audio, click HERE.
Simply use the questions below as starters to guide your sharing.
What stands out for you from todays reflection?
Have you ever experienced unexpected kindness from a ‘Samaritan’ helper, or been the one able to help someone else?
Who do I see as ‘strangers’ and feel uncomfortable to connect with in our parish, group or family?
Gospel hospitality is challenging. What helps me reach out to strangers?
Marian Mothers Charter No. 8
A Christian mother reaches out to support and encourage all mothers and is open to receiving the same from others.
My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more… Philippians 1:3-11
Pray for each others needs and for those we see as ‘strangers’,
then conclude with this prayer
Come Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
Free me from fear of those I see as foreigners or strangers,
and those I am challenged by.
May we discover anew that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one beloved humanity cherished by God.
Help us give ourselves in loving service and compassion in God’s Holy Name.
Mary, mother of perpetual help, Pray for us to be open to the Holy Spirit. Amen.