Sunday, July 31, 2016

Who Is Your Neighbor?

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

This story should warm your heart. It is an example of what each of us is morally bound to do if we have the means. The obligation, more clearly stated, is, "FIND A WAY!" Just do it.

A Single mom with four children was broken down. No one would help. She felt helplessness and despair. One man took pity and did the right thing. He paid for a tow for her broken down truck. He gave her a ride home. He hired a mechanic to do repairs to het truck. He asked her only to never give up and to continue being a good mother. 

I have been in similar situations. I have felt helplessness and despair. I have felt what it is like when people pass you by. I have found true friends, where I expected to be abandoned. I have been mercifully humbled. I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve. I pray that I may be to another, what this mystery man was to a single mother, a good neighbor.

 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by 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, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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?”

 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Indeed, even it is is a "Samaritan".

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