So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
-Jesus was asked by a certain lawyer to define a neighbor & told the parable of the good Samaritan. In the parable a certain man was stripped naked, beaten up, wounded by thieves & left for dead. Some people passed by & were not willing to help among them a priest & Levites. Later a Samaritan had compassion on the man, nursed his wounds & took him into an inn for further medical administration. Priests & Levites lived in Jerusalem but the Samaritans were public enemies of the Jews as they were excommunicated. When his immediate neighbors abandoned him, the Samaritan, a stranger had compassion on him & acted with kindness. When we sacrifice our time, money, skills etc. for others disregarding their tribe, nationality, gender, social class, colour, in recognizing that we all equal in the eyes of God, we exhibit good neighborhood.
May Your compassion fill our hearts Father, that we may exhibit acts of mercy & kindness in our daily lives. May we follow Your word in true discipleship that we may be good neighbors to those who need us most disregarding our differences. Help us when we have heavy burdens, all the sick & suffering in hospitals & at home to cast all our burdens upon You Lord, for You are our only hope. All glory & praise belong to You, forever. Amen
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