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Oct 17

Are We Good Samaritans?

In the Gospel story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), we hear of Jesus’s definition of loving our neighbor.  Samaritans were the religious enemies of the Jewish people and it was considered sinful to be with a Samaritan by the Jews.  And yet, Our Lord uses the mercy of a Samaritan for a beaten and robbed Jew to demonstrate how we are to love our neighbor!  For the audience of Jesus’s time, such a suggestion would have been scandalous. For us, it must instruct us to have mercy for all - even those who have hurt us or despise us.  God’s mercy and love has no boundaries. Our love must also be for all.

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