“Who Is My Neighbor’

Luke 10:25-37

“Who is my neighbor?”  Some rabbis restricted it to fellow Jews; others gave a wider definition. But Jesus turned the question inside out.  He raised a different question: “Who should my neighbor be?” The first question is about other people and how they are to be classified; the second is about myself and how I should behave towards other people.  The mystic defined prayer in regard to our actions which sums it up for me:

Prayer, which consists in the reference of all our deliberate acts to God, can be perpetual in the sense that it can last so long as such acts can last.    – Francois Fenelon {1651-1715}, Maxims of the Mystics

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