Treating Everybody as a Neighbor

I read “Father Jim Hogan’s Homily Weekly Homily” today and I found it to be such an eye-opener. It gave me some fresh perspective on the story of the Good Samaritan and other interesting ideas to consider today and throughout my weekend. The main focus was on treating everybody as a neighbor, which I thought was a cool way to think about being a good Catholic.

In the homily, Father Jim emphasized what it actually means to be a “neighbor” in relation this incident in the Bible:

Luke 10:25-27

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to further explain that “our neighbors” are not only the people who we know, love and admire. The whole world is our home, and everyone is our neighbor–neighbors we ought to love as much as we love ourselves.

May we all take the time today to fill our hearts with God’s love that we may be able to be a neighbor to every person we meet. Treating everybody as neighbor is now my goal for the weekend.