Who is your neighbor? 090214

          Luke 10: 29-37: The Good Samaritan: You know this story.  A lawyer says to Jesus, “So who is my neighbor?”  And Jesus says, “A man was going on a trip and he was attacked by bandits, who took all his stuff and left him naked and half dead by the side of the road.  A priest came by, saw him, and passed by on the other side of the road.  A Levite, (church worker) came by, saw him, and passed by on the other side of the road.  Then a Samaritan, a “low” class half-breed person, despised by the Jews, saw this Jewish man lying by the road, and what did he do?  He took pity on him.  He bandaged his wounds, and doctored him, and took him to a hotel and took care of him.  He even gave the innkeeper money to take care of the man when he left.”  Then Jesus said to the lawyer, “Which one of these men was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by the robbers?”  And the lawyer said, “The one who showed him mercy.”  And Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”  That must be what love is about.

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What do you think . . .What do you do?

1] How does this story apply to me and you, right here, right now?

2] Who is your neighbor?  Is it only the people in your neighborhood; in your socio-economic group?

3] Is it possible that this story means that we’re supposed to take care of those who are truly different from us; EVEN MORE than we should take care of those who are just like us?

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