“But wishing to justify himself, he (the lawyer) said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10:29).

That this question follows his quoting of the great commandment–To love the Lord your God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself–indicates that while he knew the scriptures by heart, he had not taken them to heart. His question seeks to hedge his bets; to find the least common denominator; it captures well the concern that he has for himself and no one else. Beneficiaries of God’s mercy realize there is no one who isn’t their neighbor.

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