The World Is Our Neighbor

“Who is my neighbor?”
Jesus was asked that question by a man who was an expert in religious law. The man had just asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was? Jesus replied, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.” Then Jesus added, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Then, the man asked, “Who is my neighbor?” which led Jesus to tell the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus said that a Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was robbed and beaten left for dead.
A priest came by. The priest saw the man, but instead of trying to help him, the priest walked around the man and never touched him. A Temple assistant saw the man as well. He walked over to the man but didn’t help him. Then a Samaritan came along. The Jews despised the Samaritans. As far as they were concerned, the Samaritans were the scum of the earth. The Samaritan saw the man, he put oil on his wounds and bandaged them then, he put him on his mount and carried the man to an inn in the next town. He asked the innkeeper to take care of the man and he gave him some money. He added, “If his bill runs higher than this, I will re-pay you.”
Then Jesus asked, “Which of these would you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” The man replied, “the Samaritan.”
With this story, Jesus was teaching the man that everyone is his neighbor. The same is true today; the world is our neighbor.
So today, if you see someone in need, that’s our neighbor. The color of their skin doesn’t matter. Their background doesn’t matter. Their socio-economic status doesn’t matter. The world is our neighbor.
Let’s love our neighbor in Jesus’ name.

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