Luke 10:25-37 – On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so 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.”
Our daughter begins her third year at Colorado State University tomorrow. She takes great pride in being a CSU Ram! One of the first things she heard during a CSU visit was “Rams take care of Rams”. She instilled this declaration on an entire class of incoming freshman when she was an orientation leader for the college. The students take this to heart. They not only study together, they work together. They help each other out. They don’t leave someone behind.
When we live in community, we care for each other. Maybe it is time to expand the communities in which we live. Instead of only caring for the people in your house, genuinely care for those next door, those in your town, your state, your country, the world. “Go and do likewise.” How will you care for your community this week?
Humans take care of humans.