Monday, July 12, 2010

Confirmation I and II: July 11, 2010: The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Read the Gospel: Lk 10:25-37

Journal: How did you live out last week's Gospel message? What was tough? What was rewarding?

I remember a news story years ago that both troubled me and then consoled me. Just a few days after 9-11, an angry mob gathered from a Chicago area mosque. The mob marched toward the mosque to seek revenge for the 9-11 attacks. Mob members apparently reasoned that all Muslims are terrorists because a few Muslims used their faith to justify mass murder.
Religious bigotry, which caused so much hatred in Jesus' time, is alive and well. What did Jesus say about it? This week's Gospel tells it all.
Many Jews in Jesus' time shunned Samaritans because they were the descendants of Jews who had married people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. So Jesus must have shaken this scholar of the Law and his prejudices when he made the Samaritan the good guy in this story.
The mosque I mentioned found protection that night, and later many local Christians spoke out against the religious bigotry that spurred the march. Thus, they retold the story of the Good Samaritan in their own words. Is that a story you're willing to share?

Journal: Where have you witnessed religious or ethnic prejudice (in your family, school, neighborhood or larger community? Explain what happened? How did it make you feel? What did you do? What could you have done? What will you do, should it happen again? Be specific in your answers.

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