When a lawyer tested Jesus; asked a question with a bite,
“What must I do if I want to make it to eternal life?”
“What is written?” Jesus asked him; “in the law what do you read?”
“Love your God with all your heart, and as yourself, your neighbor treat.”
“That is right. It’s what’s essential. Just do this and you will live.”
But to justify himself, the lawyer asked who “neighbor” is.
“That’s a question for a story. Lend and ear, ‘cause here we go.
Once a man was robbed and beaten; left for dead beside a road.”
“Holy people could have helped him, but they put their safety first.
Then a guy whom they rejected, moved with pity, risked the worst.
Thinking only of the need he gave his time and substance, too.
That is how to be a neighbor. That is what you ought to do.”
Image: Guillaume Bodinier, 1826
Source: Luke 10:25-37
Text: David Alexander, 2022 CC BY-NC SA 4.0
Tune: The Wise Men, Public Domain
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