My neighbors—sons and daughters of God

No Man is an island, entire of itself" wrote the English Renaissance poet John Donne. A few lines later his poem continues, "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind."

I find these lines increasingly relevant as the tension heightens in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, and most people are affected in some way through their concern over such issues as terrorism, family members being called to military duty, or even economic circumstances such as rising gas costs. All of this reminds me of one of the central messages of Jesus' ministry. According to the Gospels, Jesus taught through his healing and preaching that we all have an obligation to care for one another. And for me, his parable of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37) illustrates this best.

'I value your life'
June 7, 2004

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