Everyday Christian Spirituality

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My neighbor

And see, a certain legal expert arose, testing him, saying, “Teacher, by doing what shall I come into possession of life without end?”

And he said to him, “What is written in the Law? How are you reading?”

And replying, he said, “‘ You shall cherish (the) Lord your God from your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your entire strength, and with your whole mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’”

And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you shall live.”

But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus, replying, said, “A certain person was going down from Jerusalem into Jericho and

encountered robbers, who after stripping him and also inflicting blows, went away leaving (him) lying half-dead. And by coincidence a certain priest was going down by that road, and seeing him, he passed by on the other side.

And likewise also a Levite, moving up to the place and seeing (him), passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, making a trip came up to him, and, seeing (him), had pity. And after approaching he bandaged his wounds, applying olive oil and wine. And after loading him upon (his) own pack animal he brought him to an inn and took care of him.

And on the next day, after taking out two denarii, he gave (them) to the innkeeper, and he said, ‘Take care of him, and whatever you spend in addition, I will repay you when I return.’

Which of these three, does it seem to you, turned out to be a neighbor of the one who fell into the robbers?”

And he said, “The one who showed compassion to him.”

And Jesus said to him, Go, and you do likewise.” Luke 10:25-37 AT

 

Where do we see ourselves in this story? One of my professor’s daughters referred to this text as “The Story of the Hurt Man!” Do we see ourselves as needing and receiving help?

Martin Luther saw Jesus in this parable binding up all who are need of his gracious help, applying oil and wine. Jesus comes close to us. Jesus is our neighbor.

Luther also wrote in his sermon on this text, “The Lord….shows that we are all neighbors among one another, both he who does another a kindness, as well as he who is in need of a kindness.”

We can see ourselves as the Good Samaritan, serving by means of the Holy Spirit, and also the person and community who need gracious compassionate help. Or the inn-keeper, or the priest and Levite. We receive God’s gracious help wherever we are. Jesus is with us and loves us.

Peace and All Good!