Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Let in a Ray of Fresh & Unexpected Light in 2021: Ask Jesus Again, "Who Is My Neighbor?" and See His Response


Walking with Jesus, He invites us to see through His eyes and embody His way. In pursuing and embodying His command to love our neighbors, this will be evidenced in each of our lives through how we listen to and have compassion for someone who is utterly different than us in myriad (i.e. spiritual, ethnic, cultural, political) ways. 

"Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I tell you?" Jesus asked ... Wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" + Luke 6:46, 10:29

3 Reflections on Jesus' teaching about the Good Samaritan featured in the Gospel of Luke 10:25-37 to Live into in 2021

"The Jericho Road is a winding, meandering road. It's really conducive for ambushing ... In the day of Jesus it came to be known as the 'Bloody Pass.' And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if robbers were still around. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the Levite asked was, 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'" + MLK 
"The story of the Good Samaritan as told by Jesus is designed to split open the worldview of its hearer and let in a shaft of new and unexpected light. Instead of the closed world of Jesus's hearers, in which only their own kith and kin were properly to be counted as neighbours, Jesus demands that they recognize that even the hated and feared Samaritan is to be seen as a neighbour." + N.T. Wright 
"Who is my neighbor? The neighbor was the Samaritan who approached the wounded man and made him his neighbor. The neighbor ... is not he whom I find in my path, but rather he in whose path I place myself, he whom I approach and actively seek." + Gustavo Guti√©rrez

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. ... It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit ... Our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest of kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption." + C.S. Lewis 

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike “Sully” Sullivan

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