“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends [neighbor].” (John 15:13, NIV 1984).
[Wanting] to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29–37, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Know anybody named Sam? You may not think so, but you probably do. In some respects, they are ordinary people, just like you and me. In other respects, they are quite extraordinary. Selflessly they go about their daily “routines,” just like you and me. But unlike you and me, each and every day they may be called upon to lay down their lives so people like you and me can go on with our routines. Each and every day, many do just that. We see their faces on the news and in the newspapers after they have made that “no greater love” sacrifice. We pause for a moment and grieve. Then we return to our routine, all because they broke their “routine” for neighbors they never met before.
My Advice – And who is our neighbor? Maybe we ought to cast the net a bit wider?