Who is My Neighbor? Reflecting on The Good Samaritan in Luke 10

This coming Sunday we are going to turn our attention to the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10.

“Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”” (Luke 10:25-37 NRSV).

I think the query in this passage is powerful enough for us to reflect on this week.

* And who is my neighbor?


  1. This was always a favorite story. As an adult it gets more complicated. Our world is connected so issues such as HIV effect my world as well as the child or woman in Kenya. Yet I feel unsafe or distrustful to offer help to someone begging for phone change in a dark parking lot.

  2. Hello all, Darla noticed today on Jim Wallis’s blog God’s Politics that the above scripture was used when discussing the need for healthcare reform in our country. We felt that the querry related to the important topic of healthcare reform. We feel that as Christians developing a healthcare system that extends to “all” of our neighbors should be our foremost goal.

    Have a good week we will be camping this Sunday.

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