Oct 222020

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29)

It is one thing to think about the mission field in the abstract (see Lk. 10:1–16) – that it is out there, that it is big, that it is potentially dangerous. But it is another thing to put a face to the mission field. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan does just that, challenging our understanding of neighborliness. This challenge isn’t made in the abstract, but instead, challenges our prejudices and our biases; it is the Samaritan – the paradigmatic outsider, the other, the despised one – who not only puts a face to our work of mercy, but also serves as the model of neighborly love to be followed. – rc

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