Paul implies that the gospel is for all people, mentioning that it is being proclaimed everywhere and is changing people’s lives. It proves its power in the love that people show to one another and to others – being the neighbour that Jesus challenges the lawyer (and us) to be in today’s Gospel. This is extra challenging when we realise that part of the point of Jesus’ story is that even our enemies are our neighbours. A Samaritan helping a Jew was about as likely as an Islamist Muslim helping a Christian! Thus, the parable is the supreme example of both love for neighbour and love for enemies.
Pray ‘that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him’.
Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican
Church of Korea, the Daehan Seong Gong Hoe.
Text: The Rev Ross Cameron, Diocese of Brisbane
© Anglican Board of Mission, 2019