Sunday, January 24, 2010

Who Is My NEIGHBOR?

My newest neighbor, from Vanuatu -- Geraldo Duduni.

Ronna, my kavalagi neighbor, with some Fijian and Indian neighbors .
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test JESUS by asking Him this question: "Teacher, what must i do to receive eternal life?"

JESUS replied, "What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?"

The man answered, " `You must love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.' And, `Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
"Right!" JESUS told him. "Do this and you will live!"
The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked JESUS, "And who is my neighbor?"
The Church at the Beach is my neighbor...

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Thelma Bobo (92 years old), Ann and Dennis...are my neighbors.

Jesus replied with an illustration: "A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

"By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.

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This homeless asleep by the post office door is my neighbor. So is Kathy Garzon, who takes in the rejected, the homeless, those needing a second chance at life, at her Second-Step Home.

"A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
"Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity. Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.

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These young skate-boarders and their audience are my neighbors.

"The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told him to take care of the man. `If his bill runs higher than that,' he said, `I'll pay the difference the next time I am here.'

"Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?" JESUS asked.

The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy." Then JESUS said, "Yes, now go and do the same." (Luke 10:25-37)

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All creatures, great and small, are my neighbors...(these ones were a bit shy!)



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