Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. a “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” 29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii, b gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:29 (NRSV)

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”                            

DEVOTION – Roger E. Brannon (Florida)

On April 15, 2013 two bombs exploded in Boston, Massachusetts during the Boston Marathon.  At least three people were killed and many others severely injured.

As I listened later in the week to the latest news on tis horrific event, I noticed that people from across the country began to show compassion for the victims, helping in whatever ways they could.

When a lawyer in today’s reading approached Jesus, he asked which was the greatest commandment.  Jesus asked the man what was written in the Law.  The lawyer answered correctly, but he questioned Jesus further: “Who is my neighbor?”

Jesus then told him a parable about a good Samaritan.  The one who showed compassion to the man injured by robbers proved to be real neighbor – just as did those who showed compassion for the people in Boston, people they did not even know.  They all showed the love that our Lord expects us to show for anyone in need.  They were the true neighbors.  They al showed the love that our Lord expects to show for anyone in need.  They were the true neighbors.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I can show God’s love to hurting people.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, today and every day help us understand what a true neighbor is.  May we see and respond to those who need your love expressed through our acts of compassion.  Amen.