A discussion is roiling. Which law is the most important law to keep? Who is my neighbor?
Jesus and this legal expert are going back and forth, verbally dancing around a deep and beautiful well of truth. As he frequently does, Jesus tells a story.
A man is jumped by robbers on this way to Jericho. Beaten and left for dead, he is overlooked and avoided by first a priest and then a Levite. Both men were probably maintaining their ritual purity. But then a Samaritan comes by, an enemy to the beaten man, he acts like a neighbor to him, taking care of him.
What would happen if we stopped asking "Who do we have to serve?" and started asking "Who can we serve?" What if this duty felt more like a privilege? What would happen to the world? What would happen to us?