“Go and do likewise”
It is said that “the devil is in the details.” The truth is, the more the detail the more we feel lost. On the other hand, the more the details, the more we can pick and choose which details can be used to suit our own agendas. So the age-old question is who is my neighbor? Who is it that I need to talk to, care about, or even consider in my daily walk? The more the definition of a neighbor is narrowed, the more latitude is offered as to who needs attention and who does not. Then there is the cry, “we need to take care of our own!” At this point, Jesus steps in for some clarity. The question no longer is, “who is defined as my neighbor,” rather it becomes “how are we defined as a neighbor?” The Christian journey is not about trying to figure out who is worthy or unworthy of our attention; it offering the hand of Christ to someone in need regardless of who they are or what they have done. The bottom line is that no one deserves God’s mercy but it is offered; that is what grace is all about. Jesus does not narrowly define who we should be a neighbor to or how we are to be a neighbor to another, he just says, “go and do likewise.” Go and offer Christ to another. God, through our living Savior Jesus Christ has offered you grace, mercy, and peace; go and do likewise. Thank you Jesus for the privilege of serving all for whom you suffered, died, and was resurrected to transform. So, who is my neighbor? Everybody.