Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus responds with the familiar story known as the Good Samaritan–the outsider Samaritan who shows kindness to the insider Jewish traveler who has been attacked by thieves. The Samaritan is the neighbor. The lawyer probably didn’t appreciate the direction of the story.
Questions for Reflection
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Are there any groups of people you struggle to see as “my neighbor?” If so, who? How can you open up your circle of inclusion?