Helping Our Neighbor

Who is my neighbor?”
That’s what a man asked Jesus once. Jesus answered his question with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The parable is that a Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
A priest came by but when he saw the man lying there he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at the man but he also passed by. Then a despised Samaritan came along and when he saw the man he felt compassion for him. He bandages the man’s wounds and then, he put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn and instructed the innkeeper to care for him and gave him two silver coins.
Then Jesus asked, of the three, “which one was a neighbor to the man?” and the answer was the Samaritan. In this parable Jesus taught that everyone was our neighbor. This is a great reminder for us in the midst of the coronavirus quarantine: everyone needs help and everyone is our neighbor.
Today, think of others. Yes we do have a shelter-in-place order but we can still call someone or send a text or email. Let’s help one another as much as we can during this time.
Someone said, “Do all the good you can, in as many ways as you can, as long as you ever can.”
Everyone is our neighbor.

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