Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Who is My Neighbor?

Good morning! I had wanted to finish chapter ten today, and I did read to the end of the chapter, but I wanted to separate the two lessons. So today's reading is verses 25 through 37. 
  A man asked Jesus  "How do I inherit eternal life?" Jesus asked him, What does the law say? 
  27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; And thy neighbor as thyself.
  When Jesus told him he ws correct and to go and do this, the man asked, Who is my neighbor? Jesus then told him the parable of the Good Samaritan.  A man was robbed and beaten, and left on the side of the road. A priest walking down the road saw the man and crossed to the other side. A Levite did the same thing. But a Samaritan saw the man who was injured, and ministered to his wounds. He put the man on his own beast and took him to an inn, where he paid to have the man cared for until he returned, even telling the innkeeper he would repay what the innkeeper spent in caring for the man.
  During this time Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans, and vice versa. But the Samaritan did not see differences that should keep them apart; he saw a brother in need. Our neighbor is anyone and everyone around us. We should have compassion and love for everyone. We aren't going to be buddy buddy with everyone, but we should not let our feelings get in the way of brotherly (sisterly) love. Our neighbors aren't just those we love and care for. Our neighbor is also the person we are angry with, or who has hurt us, or we haven't met yet. By showing compassion to others we are letting God's light shine.

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