Bishop Chito Tagle and the Parable of the Good Samaritan

This is my last post as I attempt to summarize the main teachings in the Lenten Recollection that I attended, with Bishop Chito Tagle as recollection master. Sorry for the delay in the conclusion of this series, but the mother in me has been very busy.

Bishop Chito Tagle clarified that finding the lost does not mean that we agree with the wrong things that a particular individual does. If we want to help people go in the right direction, we must find them first and most of the time, we need to wait for them to realize their mistakes.

Bishop Chito cited the Parable of the Good Samaritan. He pointed out that the lawyer, who was a good man, was actually testing Jesus when he asked: Who is my neighbor? Whom is it that I should love?

The road from Jerusalem to Jericho was famous for being the hunting ground of robbers. In the parable, it is a Samaritan who stops and helps the person who lay by the roadside after being attacked by thieves. In the olden days, the word neighbor meant your countryman or your own people. If an individual is not your countryman, then you are not obliged to help him or her.

The lawyer who was asking Jesus a question was a Jew. In those days, the Jews and the Samaritans were at odds with each other. The fact that Jesus told the parable with a Samaritan acting as neighbor to reply to the question raised by a Jew was a very strong point. It stresses the fact that any person, who is in need, is a neighbor.

Charity may begin at home but it should never end there. Charity must go beyond our boundaries. If we do not reach out to others, Bishop Tagle stated, these people will be lost forever. We must all take up after Jesus who found neighbors in those who were in need by helping them and giving them mercy. We must constantly search for those who are not always treated like neighbors.

Bishop Tagle reminded us also about the Pearl of Great Price. Finding the kingdom is like finding buried treasure. He encouraged us to find the lost and the needy for the Kingdom of God and we must always do this with joy.

When we find the Pearl of Great Price, we will be ready to sell everything we have with joy. We will be nothing. We will lose everything. Jesus lost His life so He could find us with His great love and when we realize that we have been found, then we truly have what matters most.

This ends our series of articles on Bishop Chito Tagle’s Lenten Recollection.

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