The Greatest Commandment &The Parable of the Good Samaritan

July 10, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

DT 30:10-14PS 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37 or PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11COL 1:15-20

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it? ”He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. ”He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the inn keeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back. 'Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.


meet our extended family

St. Joseph (Giuseppe) Moscati (Feast Day November 16)

July 25, 1880-April 12, 1927

“The holy physician of Naples,” as he was called, Giuseppe Moscati was the seventh of nine children, born into a Catholic aristocratic family in Italy in 1880. When Giuseppe was 13 years old, his brother Alberto was injured after falling from a horse. Giuseppe cared for his brother in their home for years, where he came to believe that the practice of medicine should be informed and even supported by faith and prayer.

Dr. Moscati graduated from medical school in 1903 and went to work at the Hospital for Incurables in Naples. He was known for praying before seeing each patient and showed extraordinary skill in diagnosing different illnesses. Dr. Moscati regarded his medical practice as a lay apostolate. Before examining a patient or engaging in research he would place himself in the presence of God. He encouraged his patients, especially those who were about to undergo surgery, to receive the sacraments. He once wrote to a young doctor, “Remember that you must treat not only bodies, but also souls, with counsel that appeals to their minds and hearts rather than with cold prescriptions to be sent into the pharmacist.


Take time to chat

•Which is harder . . . to love God with everything you have or to love your neighbor as yourself?

•In today’s Gospel story, Jesus teaches us that everyone is our neighbor, which means that we should love everyone. Are there any people in your life who are hard to love?

•Share a time when someone helped you in a time of need. In what way was God present at that moment?

•St. Joseph (Giuseppe) Moscati saw his work as a way to serve God and others. What do you want to be when you grow up? In what way would this profession/vocation serve God and others?


Recipe of the week

Oil and Wine Steak Marinade

In today’s Gospel, oil and wine were used to heal the man who was hurt by the robbers. Those two ingredients also can make your steaks taste delicious!

1 ½ cups cooking oil

¾ cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp fresh ground pepper

2 Tbsp salt

1 cup dry red wine

1 tsp dried parsley (optional)

2 Tbsp dry mustard (optional)

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

In a quart-size Mason jar, combine all ingredients. Cover and shake vigorously. Pour over steaks and let them marinade for 2 hours or more. Cook steaks as preferred. Any leftover marinade can be frozen for future use.


Family Fun


The Good Samaritan was on a journey when he stopped to help his neighbor; go on your own hiking journey today.

Find a local park or hiking trail to explore a path. Be sure to stretch, stay hydrated, and follow posted safety guidelines. Take time to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation and be friendly to the people you meet along the way.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Act of Love

This simple prayer will help you be obedient to God’s command to love our neighbor. Consider naming your neighbors and any intentions on their behalf.

O Lord God, we love you above all things and we love our neighbor for your sake because you are the highest, infinite and perfect good, worthy of all our love. We pray especially for [insert names and intentions here]. In this love we intend to live and die. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Jesus tells us to “Go and do likewise” in today’s Gospel. At the end of Mass, the priest or deacon says something similar. What does he say?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Do something special for a neighbor this week. Here are some ideas: yard work, grocery shopping, cooking a meal, a friendly visit, etc.

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Fun Facts!

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A lay apostolate is an organization that provides a specific ministry within the Church and is made up of laypeople (those not in a religious organization or ordained).