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The story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is familiar to many of us from our school days.
A man attacked on the road and left lying injured. The priest and the temple-servant walking past on the other side of the track so they don't become "un-clean" which would mean they couldn't carry out their work duties for some days. Then the foreigner, the man from the next door country, a people not associated with, that man stops and helps. He takes the injured man to some where he can be cared for and even promises to pay for that care. Care by a complete stranger, someone he wouldn't normally go near.
Jesus told the story as an illustration in response to the question "who is my neighbour?". He had just said that second greatest commandment was "to love our neighbour as ourselves". The man who asked was probably trying to limit the answer. Instead Jesus opened it up to include .... them.
Now I could get political here but I'm not going to. We all have our concept of a "them". People we are less comfortable with. People we avoid. Whether we acknowledge it or not. It is a very early survival instinct of "us" and "them" still at work within us, subconsciously ignoring that these days we know better.
Who is "them" for you? Would you stop and help one of "them" who needs help? Would I?
Who would Jesus say our neighbour is? Yours, and mine.