No Exclusions

When Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan, it is in response to someone who wishes to narrow down the list of those whom he needs to love. If I am required to love my neighbor and I can exclude some from the category of neighbor, I am free of my obligation to love them. Jesus’ response does just the opposite; He includes everyone in the category of neighbor, even the most unlikely and undeserving.

Am I willing to leave the comfort and security of “my side of the road”, cross over, and care for another’s needs? Am I willing to try my best to see life from another’s perspective? Am I willing to see another’s need and respond in compassion, even at personal cost to myself?

Am I willing to be a neighbor to each and every person whom I encounter? Only with God’s grace will I be able to love with such unbounded love.

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