I really did sit down to write today…. but this post said everything that I didn’t even realize was on my heart until I read it.
It isn’t just about Syrian refugees, though the point about the refugees is important and profound. It’s about coexistence, and loving one another. Christ didn’t call us to love just our Christian neighbors (there was no such thing as Christians when he was alive). He didn’t even call us to love just our Jewish neighbors (thank goodness for me, or I’d be left out of the equation). He called us to love all our neighbors – young and old, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile and Samaritan and yes, even Syrian – alike.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
Let us not be shepherds who feed only ourselves. Let us tend to our brother’s flock, as he tends to us.