different than ourselves
One of the greatest challenges of our technological age is the problems of other-ness that drive isolation even in the most crowded of cities.
It was also one of the paradoxes of Christianity: that salvation for all came from the people separated.
Jesus Christ challenged the idea of entitlement among the chosen over and over again, calling Christians to non-just love of enemies and persecutors.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a principle teaching of Christianity.
Fr John Brian teaches from this parable the need for all of us to reconstruct our judgment of whom should be helped and by whom. We should all be good neighbors even as we are considered different. We should all emulate the good Samaritan, who was not one of the chosen.
Lord, give us spiritual strength even as the Samaritan.
Fr. John Brian continues to encourage us in continuing development of Christian spirituality .
This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, April 14, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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