July 10, 2022

Deuteronomy 30: 10- 14

30:10 but only if you will listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and keep his precepts and ceremonies, which have been written in this law, and only if you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
30:11 This commandment, which I entrust to you today, is not high above you, nor has it been placed far away.
30:12 Nor is it in heaven, so that you would be able to say, ‘Which of us can ascend to heaven, so as to carry it back to us, and so that we may hear it and fulfill it in deed?’
30:13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you would excuse yourself by saying, ‘Which of us is able to cross the sea, and to carry it back to us, so that we may be able to hear and to do what has been instructed?’
30:14 Instead, the word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may do it.

Colossians 1: 15- 20

1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature.
1:16 For in him was created everything in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers. All things were created through him and in him.
1:17 And he is before all, and in him all things continue.
1:18 And he is the head of his body, the Church. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that in all things he may hold primacy.
1:19 For the Father is well-pleased that all fullness reside in him,
1:20 and that, through him, all things be reconciled to himself, making peace through the blood of his cross, for the things that are on earth, as well as the things that are in heaven.

Luke 10: 25- 37

10:25 And behold, a certain expert in the law rose up, testing him and saying, “Teacher, what must I do to possess eternal life?”
10:26 But he said to him: “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
10:27 In response, he said: “You shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart, and from your whole soul, and from all your strength, and from all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
10:28 And he said to him: “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”
10:29 But since he wanted to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
10:30 Then Jesus, taking this up, said: “A certain man descended from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he happened upon robbers, who now also plundered him. And inflicting him with wounds, they went away, leaving him behind, half-alive.
10:31 And it happened that a certain priest was descending along the same way. And seeing him, he passed by.
10:32 And similarly a Levite, when he was near the place, also saw him, and he passed by.
10:33 But a certain Samaritan, being on a journey, came near him. And seeing him, he was moved by mercy.
10:34 And approaching him, he bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. And setting him on his pack animal, he brought him to an inn, and he took care of him.
10:35 And the next day, he took out two denarii, and he gave them to the proprietor, and he said: ‘Take care of him. And whatever extra you will have spent, I will repay to you at my return.’
10:36 Which of these three, does it seem to you, was a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”
10:37 Then he said, “The one who acted with mercy toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, and act similarly.”