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BREAKING THE BREAD OF THE WORD A LECTIO DIVINA Approach to the Weekday Liturgy CYCLE 2 ORDINARY TIME: WEEK 27-34 Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time (n. 97) Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time (n. 98) Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time (n. 99) Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (n. 100) Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time (n. 101) Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time (n. 102) Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time (n. 103) Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time (n. 104) Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang, PDDM *** Text of the Cover Page ends here. *** A Lectio Divina Approach to the Weekday Liturgy: Cycle 2
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BREAKING THE BREAD OF THE WORD (n. 97) ORDINARY SEASON: WEEK 27 MONDAY: TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME “JESUS SAVIOR: He Teaches Us to Be a Neighbor … He Reveals Himself to Paul the Apostle” BIBLE READINGS Gal 1:6-12 // Lk 10:25-37 I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO A. Gospel Reading (Lk 10:25-37): “Who is my neighbor?” Tim Montanari’s story, “Saving Melissa” in Guideposts magazine (July 2004) is notable in that it shows what it means to be a neighbor to one in need. Tim, a police officer in charge of the anti-vice squad at St. Petersburg, Florida, met Melissa Collora, the sweet little girl he used to babysit, after thirteen years as a crack-addicted prostitute, caught in a drug deal in an alley of a notorious neighborhood. Tim remembered being at the Collora’s home on steamy summer days when he was 15 or so, playing football in the yard with her brothers. Melissa, about three, would sit on the swing-set clutching her teddy bear, watching them with big brown eyes, so sweet and innocent. When she was eight, Mr. Collora died and her mother remarried. Melissa’s stepfather abused her. In 1993 her mother committed suicide. Melissa went to live with relatives outside New York City, where she discovered crack cocaine and life on the street. Tim, a man of faith who tries to see the best in people, made every effort to help Melissa, to no avail. “That girl’s a lost cause,” the officers in his squad said. “Why do you keep trying?” One day, Melissa was ready for a change and appealed to him for help. Tim’s court testimony on her behalf was instrumental in having Melissa’s imminent ten-year sentence at a state prison commuted to treatment at the Walter Hoving Home in New York. Now Melissa is doing well and recovering. Tim Montanari asserted, “What I did for her wasn’t much, but I think it was the best thing I could have done.” The Gospel reading on the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37), which is set in the context of Jesus’ paschal journey to the cross, underlines an important element of Christian discipleship: love of neighbor . The parable of the Good Samaritan delineates the Christian exigency of active service. Together with the story of the two pious disciples, Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42) on the pre-eminence of listening to the word of Jesus, the parable of the Good Samaritan helps depict Luke’s comprehensive image of discipleship as love of Jesus present in our neighbor (active charity) and in his living Word (contemplative prayer).
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