I was driving home down my street going home and saw a man, talking into the phone propped on his shoulder, getting the mail out of his mailbox. It occurred to me that I had never seen anyone coming and going from that house. As I drove on I looked at the houses and realize that I don’t know anyone who lives on our street, I rarely see anyone going and coming, it’s as if I live in a model neighborhood with houses and cars parked in the driveways, but no people! There are two exceptions for me in that my sister lives next door and my aunt and uncle across the street and even then I don’t see them unless they come to my door! So I was thinking, who is my neighbor? Is it the person who lives on my street?
Luke 10:25-28 Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”
He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”
The answer to the question then is this: Your neighbor isn’t just the person who lives next door to you, it is everyone and especially those who are in need of a helping hand.