Reflection: Being a good neighbour
In quite a mean social experiment, a group of Bible College students were assigned the task of giving a talk on the parable of the Good Samaritan. When they turned up at the room to give the talk, they were told there was a late change of plans and they had to go to a different room. On the way, they encountered a person slumped in an alleyway.
Less than half of the students (40%) stopped to offer help. Unfortunately, some literally stepped over the victim in their rush to give a talk on how to be a good neighbour!
While the biggest lesson is the need for us to practise what we preach (notice how many times Jesus allowed his schedule to be interrupted to care for others), it is a reminder that we need to open our eyes to see those around us to whom we should offer care.
One of the delights of lockdown was the way people became more aware of those in their neighbourhood. I remember our local parks were buzzing with people keen to escape the house for exercise. We grinned at each other and checked in with those we recognised.
Jesus taught us that, beyond geography, anyone who needs help is our neighbour.
Question: Who is God nudging you to offer help to? How can you be a better neighbour?
Prayer: Dear Lord, We are challenged by this story, because it is far easier for us to stay comfortable and ignore the pain of others. Forgive us our preoccupation, help us to notice the suffering of others. Amen.