On today’s episode of Following The Truth, I discussed the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37). The lawyer questioning Jesus was well aware of the law, but still asked Him, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered by referring back to the law, which contained the instruction to “love your neighbor as yourself”. The lawyer responded, “And who is my neighbor?”
The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that we must love everyone. This includes the “annoying” person at the office, your “short tempered” husband, the “incompetent” cashier, and even Osama Bin Laden! Before you fall off of your chair at hearing that last name, he is still a child of God and desperately stands in need of prayers for his soul. Everyone is “our neighbor” and the Lord reminds us that loving them is a condition of achieving eternal life.
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