How well do you know your neighbor?
Yes, you know what they drive, where their kids go to school, and how long they leave their unread county paper in the driveway.
But do you really know them?
When asked what the greatest commandment of all was, Jesus responded with the “right answer.” He quotes from the Shema: “…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
But then, a surprise.
An unexpected turn.
“And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
In the mind of Jesus, you cannot love God without loving the neighbor. His little brother, James, takes it a step further: “If you say you love God but do not love your brother or sister, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. For how can you love God whom you have not seen, and hate your brother or sister whom you have seen.”
Which raises the question.
Have you seen your neighbor?
I mean really seen them?