By Priscilla Berg
In Luke 10 a lawyer asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. The point of the parable? In Bread for the Journey, Henri Nouwen explains, “We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another (…). There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are very busy with our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.”
This Sunday we have the opportunity to learn more about our neighbors. Mark Suggs, New Brighton’s Commissioner of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will lead our SALT session. He will present information about the increasing diversity in New Brighton and surrounding communities, and discuss what New Brighton is doing to respond.
As we at Christ the King explore our mission during this time of transition, let’s look at opportunities to interact with our community, to do more “road crossing”. Mr. Suggs can provide a window for those opportunities.
As Eric Overby has said, “The only way we will love our neighbors as ourselves is by getting to know our neighbors, even in the midst of our differences.” In Legacy.