Who is my Neighbor?
Read Luke 10: 25-37 the story of the good Samaritan
The man wanted to justify (his lack of love for some kinds of people), so he asked, "Which neighbors?"
Luke 10: 29 (TLB)
Luis Pasten is from Antofagasta, Chile. In response to the lawyer's question in today's scripture reading, Jesus offers a parable which encourages us to show solidarity and compassion for fellow human beings, regardless of the circumstances. This mandate is similar to the mission that firefighters in Chile have always followed. In Chile, all who serve as firefighters are volunteers and take to heart the mission to "love your neighbor." Those who volunteer as firefighters are willing to give their lives for others if necessary.
Having served as a firefighter for more than 65 years, Luis has witnessed many tragedies where families have lost homes, belongings, and family members to fires. Tragedy is everywhere, though. People all over the world have experienced earthquakes, tsunamis, devastating storms, and the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world. Firefighters and other dedicated personnel, especially in the field of health services, continue to struggle to help our neighbors. All of us can remain committed to loving our neighbors because the call to love God and neighbor is Jesus' greatest commandment.
Prayer: Your words are written on our hearts. O God. Embolden our resolve to show our love for you by helping our neighbors, in Jesus' name. Amen.