November 27 - Luke 10:25-37 - neighbor
IN THOSE DAYS, a certain expert in the Law came to Jesus and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in the Law? What do you read there?” The man replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind’ (Deuteronomy 6:5), and ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18).” And Jesus said to him, “You have given the right answer. Do this, and you will live.” But the lawyer, trying to justify himself, asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance, a certain priest was going down that road. And when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw the man, passed by on the other side. Now a certain Samaritan, while traveling, came near him, and when he saw the wounded man, he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then the Samaritan put the man on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he took out two denarii (one denarius was the usual day’s wage for a common laborer), gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’” Then Jesus asked the lawyer, “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” ThenJesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Saint Jerome gives a succinct comment on the meaning of the word neighbor,
Some think that their neighbor is their brother, family, relative or their kinsman. Our Lord teaches who our neighbor is in the Gospel parable of a certain man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. Everyone is our neighbor, and we should not harm anyone. If, on the contrary, we understand our fellow human beings to be only our brother and relatives, is it then permissible to do evil to strangers? God forbid such a belief! We are neighbors, all people to all people, for we have one Father.
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