Anxious to justify himself, the lawyer in the gospel asked Jesus: Who is my neighbor?
But for Jesus, with the parable of the Good Samaritan, such is not the right question? But rather My neighbor is here before me, what am I doing for my neighbor? Loving our neighbor is not all that difficult if only we could choose who our neigh-bor will be – those that have helped us in the past, those who will be grateful, those that will be able to return the favor. But as Chesterton has put it: we can choose our fiend, and we can choose our enemies but it is God who choose who will be our neighbor. That is where the challenge lies.
With the Good Samaritan as an example, Jesus tells us: Go and do likewise!