Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - July 10, 2019
Who is my neighbor?
In the Gospel for this coming Sunday, Jesus is teaching the crowds when someone asks him,“and who is my neighbor?” Jesus then tells them the story that is known today as “The Good Samaritan.”
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, `Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:25-37
Who is my neighbor? We hear stories about heroes who rush into burning buildings to rescue people or animals trapped inside, or jump into raging flood waters to do the same. Those are the ones we hear about, and rightly so. But I am convinced that the opportunities to love our neighbors present themselves to us every day. We sing a hymn, “...neighbors are rich and poor, neighbors are black and white, neighbors are nearby and far away...” #602, Hymnal 1982
In the parish hall are some ways we can help our neighbors who are nearby and far away: Eye glasses, baseball caps and water bottles for visual aid, comfort and protection for people in the Amazon;(this Sunday is the last day);
School supplies for the Back Pack Program through United Way (see the list of supplies needed elsewhere in this Eblast);
Open Cupboard Food Pantry feeds children and adults in Hunterdon County. Non-perishable food and cleaning supplies needed – kids home from school for the summer mean more food needed;
The Quarter Tube provides funds for Episcopal Relief and Development to help those in need.
The refrain for the above hymn is this:
“Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you”
Let us pray:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,