Red Letter Day 33: Who Is Your Neighbor?
2015 Lent Blog
Sunday March 22
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. `Look after him,’ he said, `and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
Jesus told many stories to illustrate a point and these were called parables. Here is one of the most famous and it is the parable of the Good Samaritan. This story was told in regard to the question, “who is my neighbor?” This question was posed by a legal expert who was very precise in who he would associate with and the scope of being a neighbor would be limited. For the Jews of Jesus’ day Samaritans were a hated ethnic group. Jews would not even talk to them but Jesus wanted to make the point that they were their neighbors. Do we have anyone who we do not want to associate with? The grace of Jesus calls us to break down all of these barriers and share with them God’s love.
In Christ’s Service,