Question: Does Jesus answer the lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” … In effect, Jesus is refusing to answer the question posed in the lawyer’s terms. He is not about to quibble over who someone has to be in relation to you before he is your neighbor and you have to love him “as yourself.” Rather, he calls the lawyer himself to be a neighbor, to act out the characteristics of neighborliness and thus fulfill the demands of the second commandment of the law.
I had never really noticed that before. The lawyer asks who his neighbor IS (in essence, to whom must he show love and mercy). Jesus answers by telling HIM to BE neighborly. Isn’t it interesting how Jesus got directly to the heart of the issue? This was a good reminder for me as we start a new year of school, Awana, and other activities. I am called to BE loving and merciful to those around me, whoever that may be.