Luke 10:29 ” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ “

This question stemmed from an expert of the Law who had asked Jesus how he could obtain eternal life, and where could it be found in the Law.  Jesus recited Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18…basically saying, love God and love your neighbor.  But the man wasn’t satisfied with the answer,  and wanted Jesus to be more specific as to just who ” his neighbor” was.  In other words,  he was asking – what is the bare minimum  requirement of who represents “my neighbor”.   In most of our minds,” our neighbors”, are anyone in close proximity to us…either by blood or bond.  But Jesus wants us to realize that “our neighbors” go far beyond mutual ties of kinship or nation.  Our love and concern for one another should be pro-active…not passive or stingy,  and should extend far from our imagined boundaries of  just who “our neighbors” are.

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