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thought for the day.

CONCERNING the command to love your neighbour, Jesus was asked: "Who is my neighbour?" In reply, he told the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25). Jews regarded Samaritans as inferior. In this parable, two Jewish high officials ignore the injured man.

It is the despised Samaritan who turns out to be the hero. This parable demonstrates that it is not status, colour, creed, or gender that makes a person good. A good person is someone who treats every single person - even an enemy - with compassion.

We may look down on people, thinking they are not as good as us when, in fact, they may be kinder than we are. We erect barriers between ourselves and those who are different from us, but we should - as the Good Samaritan did - treat everyone as our neighbour.

Terri Whitaker, terripwhitaker@
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2011
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