Tuesday of the 26th Week of the Year

Luke 9:51-56

Samaritan Inhospitality


One of the good memories I have as a young seminarian in our major seminary in Tagaytay City is the weekend home visitation to the surrounding barrios near the seminary. Many times, we were well received by the people into their homes; meals and coffee were endlessly offered in every house we visited. Even their private rooms were offered for us to rest and sleep during the night when it was too late to go back to the seminary. And this is the reason why I said, “good,” memories because what we experienced is different from the experience of the disciples of Jesus in today’s gospel.

The gospel tells us that the people in a Samaritan village did not welcome Jesus and His companions. Why? It was no secret that during the time of Jesus there was a long history of animosity and hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans as He was travelling to Jerusalem. Some of disciples were hurt, and in return, they begged the Lord to destroy the village and its people. Surprisingly, Jesus rebuked the disciples, not the Samaritans.

It is clear that Jesus has other things more important and urgent to accomplish rather than getting involved into a quarrel with people who had no care for Him. More particularly, Jesus wants to show that His gospel is not vindictive and open only to those who are willing to accept and to listen.

What does this gospel mean for us? We can take a look at ourselves in two ways. First, we can always be like the disciples of Jesus, who are ready to fight back and take revenge rather than to work for peace and forgiveness every time people hurt and offend us. Second, we can always be like Jesus who is ready to show compassion and forgiveness to people who don’t understand us and who are very critical of us.

It would be good to reflect whether you have somebody at this moment whom you have not forgiven because of something that has happened in the past. Until now, are you still harbouring a grudge against him/her? Take time to forgive and to pray for him at this moment, just as the Lord is always ready to forgive you everytime you say to Him, “Lord, I am sorry.” (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


No wonder that James and John were called “sons of thunder.” They wanted quick results and they believed in the use of force or threats. “Accept Christ or else.” Therefore they wanted to curse those who didn’t welcome Him. Cursing is never good. St. Paul tells us: ‘Bless and do not curse.” These brothers forgot the lesson that Jesus had taught them: “”Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart,” (Matt 11:29).

Jesus invites and welcomes but does not force or threaten. He also said as quoted in the Book of Revelation: “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone opens to me I will enter.” No forced entry. Of course the apostles didn’t like that the Lord was not welcomed by the Samaritans but these were not even orthodox Jews. Just before this incident, Jesus had stated: “He who is not against you is with you.” Even though they didn’t welcome him, they were not the enemy who wanted to kill him. In fact Jesus was on his journey to Jerusalem, a city which should have welcomed him, but in the end it would not only reject him, but would also arrest, condemn and crucify him.

The apostles hated rejection and suffering. Job also could not understand suffering and he cursed his fate, even the day of his birth. It is perhaps natural to question in time of suffering: why me? What sin did I commit? Why am I being punished? Sometimes we are afraid to be honest with God. We may get angry with God and so we shy away from Him, and stop praying. What we should do is go to God and tell him how we feel. Even Jesus did that. Using the beginning of Psalm 22, he cried out from the cross: “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” He brought his complaints to His Father and expressed them loud and clear.

Only by meditating on the sufferings and death of Christ and especially his resurrection, can we hope to understand at least a little the mystery of suffering and the need to be patient as He was in working with others and inviting them into His kingdom. (Fr. Jim Tisse, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


When I was placed as temporary priest-in-charge of Santo Nino Mission in Rio Tuba, Palawan, I got word that the funding for our feeding program initiated by the former parish priest had been granted. It required tedious work but the very thought of being a part of something meaningful encouraged me and the parish volunteers to push through with the said project.

We went to the area to inform the residents of the ‘good news,’ however, the first challenge came when we realized that there were more children who failed to register. Second concern was the fact that almost 40% were Muslim children. Dietary restrictions brought about by the ‘no pork policy’ simply dictated that we had to have a separate feeding camp for them. That entailed more work! Like James and John, the immediate temptation was to magnify our differences, thus opting for the recourse of not having to do anything with the hungry Muslim children. We could readily present religious differences as a excuse to exclude them from the project.

But that was not what Jesus did. He did not center on differences, rather he understood and though he quietly moved on, he will later be seen presenting Samaritans as heroes of His parables and teachings. He never prioritized the option for violence or lasting indifference.

Thus, in Rio Tuba, the feeding program included all, the Catholics, the native Palawenos, the Muslims. We had not much to offer but as we tried so hard to make do with the little funds that we received, we found ourselves being spiritually enriched as we witnessed ‘manna coming down from heaven,’ despite our differences. (Fr. Anthony Ynzon, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


September 27, 2016 Tuesday

When I was sent to Benin, West Africa for my first mission assignment, my heart was filled with fear and anxiety. Would I survive in that mission? What would happen if I got sick of malaria or other illnesses? Would the people accept me? How would I react to rejections and sufferings? Could I still go back to my hometown in the Philippines? These were some questions that lingered in my heart.

Jesus was so determined to go to Jerusalem even though he knew that he would suffer and die in that place. He knew that he would not go back anymore to his beloved village of Galilee. A very brave decision on His part! That was the true missionary spirit. Together with His disciples, they were rejected and were not welcomed when, going to Jerusalem, they passed by a Samaritan village. His disciples reacted with anger and wished for the divine intervention to destroy their enemies. But the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of non-violence, mercy and compassion. He demanded that the disciples respect the delay or slow pace of the people’s conversion. Jesus shows us the true image of God – humble and patient in awaiting our conversion.

My years of work experience in our parish in Benin helped me to realize the importance of patience, understanding and dialogue as we, the SVD missionaries, shared the Word of God and lived with people of different cultures, languages and traditions. Looking at Jesus as our model, we were able to enjoy the mission and to persevere in spite of problems and difficulties. (Fr. Teofilo S. Perey, SVD DWST, Tagaytay City Bible 2016)



Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time (Year C) – Lucas 9:51-56. Tinuod ba nga ang kasakit bunga sa kasuko sa Ginoo tungod sa sala nga atong nahimo? Kon adunay daotan nga mahitabo sa usa ka tawo (sakit, aksidente, o katalagman), daghan ang maghunahuna nga ang maong tawo gisilotan sa ngil-ad niyang binuhatan. Ang ebanghelyo nagtudlo nga kining maong panghunahuna dili tukma. Ang Ginoo dili madinumtanon ug dili maantigong manimalos. Sa dihang ang mga taga-Samaria nidumili sa pagdawat kanila, nasuko si Juan ug si Santiago. Nisugyot sila kang Jesus nga paulanan og kalayo ang maong katawhan. Dili ba ingon usab kita niini? Gusto kita nga manimalos. Ganahan kita nga pasakitan ang mga tawo nga makasala kanato. Apan, si Jesus dili uyon niini tungod kay siya dili Ginoo sa pagdumot ug kasuko. (Fr. Abet Uy)



Monday, September 26, 2016

TUESDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 9:51-56. SAKTO BA NGA KITA MAGHUNAHUNA’G KADAOT PARA SA MGA TAWO NGA DILI MODAWAT O KAHA DILI GANAHAN NATO? Sa dihang ang mga Samaritanhon nidumili sa pagdawat kang Hesus sa ilang lugar, nasuko pag-ayo ang managsuong apostoles nga si Santiago ug Juan. Gusto nilang paulana’g kalayo gikan sa langit ang maong katawhan. Dili ba ingon man usab kita niini kon aduna kitay kalagotan? Gusto nato silang panghimaraoton, pasakitan, ug paantoson. Apan dili kini maayo ug dili Kristohanon. Gibadlong ni Hesus ang mga apostoles nga naghunahuna og kadaot sa kaaway tungod kay nasayod siya nga kini magdala’g kadaot dili lamang sa tawong nasuk-an kondili sa tawo usab nga nasuko. Sakto si Ralph W. Emerson sa pag-ingon, “Sa usa ka minuto nga kasuko, gikuhaan nato’g 60 segundos nga kalinaw ang atong kinabuhi.” Posted by Abet Uy



Reflection for Tuesday September 30, Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church; Luke 9:51-56 Reflection: Why did Jesus decided to enter a Samaritan village when He knew that He would not be welcomed there? He could just have passed by and not went there, He could have chosen another way to avoid passing through the Samaritan territory. But He chose to go to a place where He was not welcome.

This we attribute with the deep desire of Jesus to build friendship and to reach-out even to those who are hostile to Him. The Samaritans knew that Jesus was a Jew going to Jerusalem an area that the Samaritans dislike.

What does Jesus teach us in this gospel episode? We need to reach-out also even to those who are not welcoming of us. We need to do this so that we could offer the olive branch of peace and friendship to them. If they would not accept our offer it’s up to them what is important is we do what we have to do as followers of Jesus.

It’s not easy to offer peace and friendship to those who do not want our friendship. And it’s not easy to humble ourselves before others most especially before those who dislike us. But this is the way of Jesus, Her did not only made Himself available to those who like Him. He also offered Himself even to those who despised Him.

Are we willing to offer the olive branch of peace and friendship to those who dislike us? Are we willing to reach-out and humble ourselves before them? – Marino J. Dasmarinas



Monday, September 26, 2016

Reflection for Tuesday September 27, Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest; Luke 9:51-56

Reflection: Would you open the door of your house for Jesus?

The Samaritans did not welcome Jesus because they did not know Him well. If only they knew Him they would have welcomed Him even if He was going to Jerusalem. But they did not know Him that’s why they refused to be hospitable to Him.

There are some problematic individuals who decide to end their life by way of committing suicide. Why? Because they do not know Jesus, if only they know Jesus they would have not ended their lives.

We miss so many blessings when we do not fully know Jesus. For example, the blessing of hope, the blessing of love, the blessing of understanding and a lot more. These are but a few of the many blessings that we miss once we do not know Jesus that well.

But how would we know Jesus? We must read our bible most especially the first four books of the New Testament. We must often be present in the celebration of the Eucharist or Holy Mass  most especially during Sundays. If we do it, slowly but surely our eyes will be opened to the friendship of Jesus.

But how about those who do not Jesus? How would they know Jesus? We have to share Jesus and we have to live His teachings so that through us they will know Jesus. To know Jesus is still not enough we have to share Him and we have to live what we know about Him.

Do you want to live a more meaningful life? If your answer is yes, you therefore have to share and live Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas



PREJUDICE – “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to consume them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. – Luke 9:54-55

After the death of King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel was split into two parts, Judah in the south, and Samaria in the north. The two kingdoms were often in disagreement. The northern kings loved their pagan idols and were constantly at odds with Jerusalem. When the Assyrians conquered Samaria, some Samaritans remained in their homeland and intermarried with the pagan settlers. When the Babylonians allowed the Judeans to return to their homeland, some sources say that the Samaritans offered to help rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, but were rudely refused because of their pagan impurity. Other sources say the Samaritans were the ones who refused to help their brothers of Judah to rebuild. Sadly, disagreements, wars, differences in worship, and miscommunication resulted in the simmering hatred that divided the people of Israel that were once brothers.

Can you see similarities between the first century Jewish-Samaritan problem and cultural and religious conflicts we face today in our family, churches, community, country and nations? Can you hear Jesus rebuking you? Meann Tee (meanntytee@yahoo.com)

Reflection: What are your prejudices? How is this preventing you from receiving blessings and from being a channel of blessings to others?

Father, please remove my prejudices. Help me accept and love people who may have different beliefs, values and convictions to promote true and lasting peace and unity. Amen.



September 27, 2016

REFLECTION: At the time of Jesus Palestine was divided into three regions: Galilee in the north, Judea in the south, and Samaria in the middle. This meant that the shortest route from Galilee to Judea was through Samaria. Now in the 4th century B.C. the Samaritans had erected a temple on Mt. Gerizim, in the center of Samaria, to rival the temple of Jerusalem on Mt. Zion. The Samaritan temple had been destroyed in 128 B.C. by John Hyrcanus, a high-priest of Judea. The site, however, was still a place of worship at the time of Jesus. And the Samaritans resented the fact that Galileans snubbed their Mt. Gerizim and instead went to worship in Jerusalem. This explains why, as we see in today’s gospel reading, they refuse to welcome Jesus and his troop of Galileans all headed toward the detested Jerusalem.

This rejection inflames the hot-tempered James and John, who want to retaliate by burning the place to the ground. These two well deserve their nickname of “sons of thunder” (Mk 3:17). In contrast, one can only admire the restraint of Jesus, who refuses to punish the Samaritans’ rudeness. How would we have reacted in his place?



See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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