Thought for the week

The Oban Times - - Births, Marriages & Deaths - Rev­erend Carol Leech

‘Let love make you serve one an­other. For the whole law is summed up in one com­mand­ment; “Love you neigh­bour as you love your­self’ Gala­tians 5 v13-14

THE hor­rific fire dis­as­ter in the Gren­fell Tower has re­sulted in un­prece­dented loss of life, fam­i­lies, friends and homes.

Yet, in the midst of such suf­fer­ing, the truth of these words has been demon­strated by the heroic ac­tions of the emer­gency ser­vices and the com­pas­sion­ate re­sponse of lo­cal peo­ple in their spon­ta­neous giv­ing of time, food, shel­ter, clothes and sup­port.

There has been an out­pour­ing of neigh­bourly con­cerned ac­tion for all in need, in what­ever ways peo­ple have been drawn to help.

This re­ac­tion is found when the stream of God’s lov­ing care, al­ways present in suf­fer­ing, wells up into lives; this en­ables the giv­ing of self­less courage and care, of­ten to un­known peo­ple, as we have wit­nessed in re­cent days.

Ac­cord­ing to Je­sus, in his well- known story of the Good Sa­mar­i­tan, the term ‘neigh­bour’ refers to ‘ any­one in need’ and also to the ‘one who gives help’ wher­ever it is needed. Cen­tral to this is the bond of part­ner­ship through work­ing to­gether, which pro­vides the ‘glue’ that holds to­gether a car­ing com­mu­nity.

Je­sus’ an­swer to the ques­tion-’Who is my Neigh­bour?’- is that any­one in need is a neigh­bour and that help for that per­son must be as wide as the love and grace of God. Com­pas­sion, to be real, must re­sult in lov­ing deeds.

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