Jan Wijnants (1632–1684) “Parable of the Good Samaritan” 1670
Oil on canvas – Dimensions 127 × 137 cm (50 × 53.9 in)
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Though the lawyer’s question lacked the sincerity needed to show hunger for Jesus’ answer, may this not be so for you. Pray over the question, till you heart throbs for the answer. Only then will you not be as the priests in the parable who lost the chance to know their God in a new way.
The word “neighbor” in English means “the boor who is neigh.” The original meaning of “boor,” however, was not an insult as it is today; it simply meant another peasant farmer who lived nearby.
The issue for Jesus is not the one who is near you, but rather the one to whom you come near. Who are the ones in your life from whom you pull away because you do not like them—boors in the bad sense of the word …or maybe just bores? Underneath, there is a hurting, wounded soul needing the bandages of your love.
Loving God, loving neighbor v. 27
Where abuse, moved with pity v. 33
Pouring oil on wounds of heart v. 34
Being neighbor through mercy v. 37
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
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