3. How does love work?
How does it practially work then, loving your neighbour? An expert of the Jewish law asked Jesus that same question because he asked how to inherit eternal life. Jesus then replied him to love his neighbour. But who is your neighbour then, he asked?
Jesus answered his neighbour is anyone. If someone is lying wounded alongside the road, even if he is a person of a very different culture, wouldn't you rush out to help him? That is true love. In the old days a Samaritan was a practiser a wholly different faith than the Jewish one and few people would interact with him. Other people of a different faith would rather avoid him. Even a priest who was walking by ignored him. Your neighbour is anyone
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down to from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37)