I was preparing a message on the parable of the good samaritan when I heard this replay, and Xavier's comment that he discovered his own humanity in helping a dying child in the streets of Calcutta widened my perspective. The lawyer asked "who is my neighbor" in wanting to know who he is responsible for (and who he is not responsible for). But at the end of the parable, the neighbor is not so much who is helped but the one who is helping, the samaritan. Jesus deftly changes the concept of the neighbor to do away with categorization which is a sophisticated ploy for inaction. But another shift is made. The one who helps is also the one who is helped in discovering his humanity.
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