Who Is My Neighbor
Who is your neighbor?
Your neighbor would be any fellow human being, suggested Jesus 20 centuries ago to those who were inclined to be too strict, legalistic and exclusionary, blind to the practical realities shared by all humanity.
Humans really did need another 2000 years to develop the idea that we are all more alike than we are different. That seems laughable now, once we develop a Greater Community awareness.
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, 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, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”–Luke 10:29-37
Our common planet, its preservation, our shared humanity are everything now. Context is everything in relationships.
St. Francis of Assisi achieved this way of being, and in the last century the laypeople and clerical of Latin America called for a Preferential Option for the Poor.
reformist vs. restorationist
Beginning at 11:00, “Religion in America has always had progressive and conservative sides, reformist and restorationist sides,”and at 18:44, the preferential option for the poor.
Now I don’t know what’s wrong with my search terms, but I thought a certain kind of social economy was branded by the city of Chicago but in a good way–and not the Chicago brand of politics that I now find when I search for this special positive spin on the Chicago “pay it forward” economy of relationships.
Is It True?
Graft. Nepotism. Nothing is straightforward, not without obligation.
Is this one of the practical realities of life? A certain taint of politics, a certain liability–to influence, pressure, manipulation, corruption–but nevertheless an unavoidable concession to life on Earth as we know it? On the “Is It True” scale, it hovers near the Middle Way–the one foot in one reality and other foot in the other balance. This is a sweet way of hearing the question as a wish to have your cake and eat it too, to keep your privilege while protesting corporate abuse of other humans’ rights. “Can an anarchist go out with a rich man?” It is something you have to answer for yourself.
Who Do You Love?