THE SERVANT GENERAL
IT IS CRUNCH TIME - 2
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Today we have the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan.
Here we see how the Samaritan treated the Jew who “fell
victim to robbers” (v.30a). He “was moved with
compassion at the sight” (v.33) and he “treated
him with mercy” (v.37a). At the Synod, mercy and compassion
will be recurring themes. And rightly so, since these are
very Christian and holy virtues.
mercy and compassion must not be misapplied. If these virtues
are used to justify the irregular situations of those who
are living in, who have divorced and remarried, or who are
in same-sex unions, then this is false mercy. If it leaves
people in their sin, or even make them comfortable in remaining
in their sin, this is false compassion. Remaining in serious
sin will keep people from making it to heaven.
was asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal
life?” (v.25). Jesus said to him, “What is written
in the law?” (v.26). The scholar mentioned the two greatest
commandments (v.27). Jesus then said, “You have answered
correctly; do this and you will live.” (v.28).
live eternally, to make it to heaven, we must obey God’s
law. God’s original design, Jesus’ teaching, the
consistent teaching of our Churchall say that living
outside sacramental marriage is serious sin, whether that
is as an unmarried couple, or as a divorced and re-married
person (unless the original spouse has died), or in a same-sex
yes, we must extend mercy and compassion to the poor, the
oppressed, the marginalized. But this cannot be at the expense
of truth and God’s eternal law.