Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) philosopher and author wrote:
“Christ says: “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be the neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The Pharisee answered correctly, “The one who showed mercy to him” (Luke 10:36). This means that by doing your duty you easily discover who your neighbor is…He towards whom I have a duty is my neighbor, and when I fulfill my duty, I prove that I am a neighbor. Christ does not speak about recognizing our neighbor but about being a neighbor yourself, about proving yourself to be a neighbor, something the Samaritan showed by his compassion. Choosing a lover, finding a friend, yes this is a long, hard job, but your neighbor is easy to recognize, easy to find… if you yourself will only recognize your duty and be a neighbor.”
This is the time to be a neighbor. It is probably the most believable way we have of sharing the gospel. The above line from this has been a meditation for me: “Christ does not speak about recognizing our neighbor but about being a neighbor yourself, about proving yourself to be a neighbor.” It’s time for gospel to get neighborly.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus