Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’ But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ Luke 10:25-29
I will be proclaiming my love and entering into covenant with Mere Saturday at 4:00 pm [CST].
I am excited about this. I am nervous about this. I am nervous about this. This morning I woke up and feel run down. I have an ick in my chest I hope goes away. I feel like my to-do-list is longer than I can manage. I feel like I am forgetting something, something big. I have never felt like this before.
I am hoping that it means I am normal and that all is well as well as can be.
In this moment I read Luke 10:25-29. I can dig the loving God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my strength. I can dig on the part about loving my neighbor as myself. I also wonder who my neighbor is.
This returns me to the dilemma of the other. In the midst of this busy scheduled time I am still responsible to the other, to my neighbor.
Am I loving my neighbor as myself in these moments? Where does my neighborhood begin and end?
What is the extent of my loving obligation? How do I love with all my heart, soul, and strength?
This I wrestle with. This I fail in. This I wonder…I think this is connected to the individual boot strap pulling up nature of our American culture. I want to recover the idea of community and togetherness. I want to give up personal rights and freedoms to be a part of a community that is genuinely invested in the collective enterprise of service and self sacrifice to their neighbor. I want to be a part of the Kingdom of God.