|But they were a delightful family and the young mum became one of my closest friends and confidantes, so I considered myself lucky to have such lovely people as my close neighbours.
The Gospel reading for Sunday 10thJuly is taken from St Luke’s Gospel and relates the well-known story of the Good Samaritan. In the parable Jesus is keen to emphasise the fact that the man who had been robbed and beaten by brigands is ignored and abandoned by both a priest and a Levite. However, his salvation comes from the most unlikely of sources – a Samaritan who is passing by. There can be little doubt that his listeners would have been amazed to have heard this, as the enmity between Jews and Samaritans was fierce and historic.
Yet this is the point of the parable. Jesus wishes his listeners to understand that it is entirely possible to show love and compassion even to your worst enemy. In fact, this is precisely what he desires us to do – forgive our adversaries and treat them with the same love and care which we would give to our dearest friends.
Jesus asks this question ‘Which of these three, do you think, proved