Day 143 – Neighbours
On: March 23, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. Luke 10:29-32

Linking back to yesterday’s quote from Macbeth, the expert in the law, the priest, the Levite, all of whom you would have expected better from, turn out to be poor players, who strut and fret their hour on life’s stage … and then are heard of no more.

The inevitably uncomfortable question is whether I perform any better. Do I try and justify my poor record in priorities and actions? Have I identified the neighbour who needs my support? Do I break my schedule to respond to others’ needs? Am I prepared to put myself at risk to help another?

To bring this into focus … I have a team reporting into me at work: is my interest in their well-being and development purely professional? Or am I interested in them as people? Each day I walk past those living on the street: do I stop to chat and consider whether I can help in any way? Do I take an interest in those living in my neighbourhood at home: what needs could I help to meet?

Tomorrow, the Good Samaritan arrives on the scene. Is there enough urgency in my response to Jesus’ call to love my neighbour, that I might have started the process of responding to the above thoughts before he walks up the road?

…And who is my neighbour?


Father God, I want to live a life that makes a difference. Help me to move my focus from myself to those I encounter day by day, so that they might take note and wonder what leads me to care for them. Amen

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