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Jesus Asks: What is Written in the Law?

written in the lawIn today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us an oral exam. Specifically, Jesus asks, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26)

This is in response to a man asking Jesus what is necessary to gain entry to heaven. The man responds correctly, by noting that he is to love God with his whole heart, and to love his neighbor as himself. Yet, the man asks for clarification on the definition of “neighbor.” Jesus responds with the parable about the Good Samaritan. In this story Jesus comments on two people who avoid helping an injured man on the side of the road, as they do not want to violate Jewish law, by touching his blood, for Continue reading