When asked what the most important commandment is, Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and the second is to “love your neighbour as yourself”.
Who is our neighbour? With the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus shows us who our neighbour is.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37, New International Version)
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 neighbour as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Who is Our Neighbour?
Everyone, especially those who are in need of help. Be it our friends, acquaintances or even strangers, God asks us to love every one of them. His love transcends race, gender, age, social status or circumstances.
Imitating the honourable act of the good Samaritan, the Good Samaritan Ministry aims to extend a helping hand to our “neighbours”, in a broad and inclusive sense. Sometimes our circumstances force us to seek help from others; sometimes our circumstances allow us to help others.
Taman Midah Lutheran Church is the bridge linking people. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We accept donation of food items such as rice, instant noodles, oatmeal, biscuits, milo and packet drinks from the public and distribute them to the families in need.
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Address: 2-4, Jalan Midah 10A, Taman Midah, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.