I have to admit, I have had trouble loving you. Yes, you are my neighbor and Jesus commanded me to love you, but it has been truly difficult at times. At first, I thought it was because of you. You don’t look like me nor do you speak like me. Some of your customs seem strange and, well, I just don’t get you. But then I realized I don’t even know you. Later, I realized that my issue with you is simply that you’re different. That’s all. So, I guess if I were to be honest, I would say it is more of a reflection of my character and not really yours.
In the parable Jesus told, the priest and then a Levite passed by the beaten man left for dead. Only the Samaritan showed mercy. He didn’t have to, but out of compassion and love for his neighbor, he tended to this man’s needs.
The truth is, we are all different. But as different as we are, we are also all the same. We are all created in God’s image and likeness. We are all loved by our heavenly Father. Yet, we are all sinners in need of redemption. God loved us even while we were sinners. Through Christ, he saved me, and he saved you. So, like I said, it’s a matter of my character, not yours. I pray that God will help me love you, even though I don’t know you. Because Christ knows you, and he loves you too.
Prayer: Break my heart of stone, O Lord, so I may love my neighbor as myself. Amen.