“But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Matthew 10:29).
The question implies that there can be a non-neighbor; that some could be excluded. The parabolic response that Jesus offers in the actions of a samaritan, on the surface teaches that it is those in need who become our neighbor. Yet, there is a more pointed teaching–even our enemies are our neighbors. The Lord commends those who respond rightly; not those with the best of intentions.