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The Good Samaritan

The Gospel for this upcoming Sunday is one of Jesus' most famous parables -- the parable of the Good Samaritan. To remind you of the major movements in the story: A religious expert (lawyer) asks Jesus what he must do to "inherit eternal life." Jesus asks him, "what's the Bible say?" The religious expert says, "love God and love your neighbor." Jesus says, "that's correct; do that, and you'll experience eternal life." But "wanting to justify himself," the legal expert asks, "and who is my neighbor?" "Say a man is severely beaten by robbers and left for half dead," Jesus says. "Later on, a religious person sees him lying there but crosses to the other side of the road in order to avoid him. A little later, another religious person shows up on the scene, but he, too, avoids the injured man." Then - think quickly about a group you would never associate yourself with...think quickly of s