Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
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A lawyer engages Jesus is a mental contest. He asks Jesus two questions. The first is "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answers in summary, "Love your neighbor." The second question is "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus answers with the story of the good Samaritan and finishes with a question: "Which one was a neighbor to the man in need?" A neighbor is one who shows mercy. Jesus' point is made. A neighbor doesn't have to ask who they have to love. A neighbor just loves. No loopholes. No strings. No ifs, ands, or buts. Just love. No more questions? Good! Go love.
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May we love one another as fiercely as we fight with one another. Amen.