October 18, 2020, Luke 10:25-37, ISSL Reflections Post 3

Jesus is asked a question by a man who already knows the answer.

Rather than providing an “answer,” Jesus asks the inquisitor for the answer, affirms the response, and then does what?

Not content to leave the matter there, the inquisitor wants Jesus to define his terms. After all, “neighbor” can be an imprecise word, can’t it?

Do we define our neighbors geographically, culturally, racially, ethnically, nationally, economically, by sex, by gender, by theology, or by religious membership?

Jesus offers no definition, only a story, and again asks the one who has come with the questions to provide an answer.

This encounter leaves me wondering how often I ask Jesus a question he has already answered?

And even more disturbing, am I ready to go “Go and do ….”?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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