Coming Near

Giving a helping hand.

Though the lawyer’s question lacked the sincerity needed to show hunger for Jesus’s answer, may this not be so for you. Pray over the question, until your 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.

Luke 10:25–37

What are “Bible Breaths”? Learn More…
Example: Pouring oil on wounds of heart v. 34

Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Revised Common Lectionary.
In year C, we generally read from the Gospel of St. Luke.

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