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Who Is My Neighbor? A Liturgy For Caregivers and Those Who Love Them

Jesus used the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) to show that concrete acts of mercy are how we love our neighbor. Loving the neighbor was never a theory for Jesus but a way of life, an ideal consistently carried out in word and deed. A Christlike ethic of care rests on grace and not reciprocity. In preparing to advocate, we ask, who is our neighbor?

Lord, open our eyes to the needs of our neighbors so that we may be the hands and feet of Christ.

Our neighbor is the father who needs to care for a newly adopted child…

Our neighbor is the mother going back to work one week after giving birth…

Our neighbor is the stepdaughter whose stepmother is recovering from a stroke…

Our neighbor is the co-worker who needs time each day to nurse her newborn…

Our neighbor is the restaurant worker who comes to work sick because he cannot afford to stay home…

Our neighbor is the pastor going through cancer treatment…

Our neighbor is the small business owner who wants to provide for her employees but worries about financial and administrative costs…

Our neighbor is the parent who cannot keep her job through the winter cold and flu season…

Lord, open our eyes to the needs of our neighbors so that we may be the hands and feet of Christ.

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