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Who Is My Neighbor?

This week I have been reflecting on a well-known and oft-quoted gospel story in Luke 10:25-37, about the lawyer who put Jesus to the test in asking "what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  Jesus' response, though well known to us now was not really expected by the lawyer as Jesus speaks to him the parable of the Good Samaritan:
“Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, 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, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to th…

Leadership and Fast Food

Today, I treated my son Andrew to lunch at a local fast food establishment as a reward for him helping me with the morning's errands and such.  While we were waiting in line, I began to notice that there was only one person working the front counter register.  Being that it was the lunch rush, I was surprised to see only one person up front.  Something else that quickly caught my attention was the affect of the patrons who were already waiting in line before me.  Many seemed quite angry, and others just stood there with impatient looks on their faces.  It was at this point that I recognized the young man at the front counter was a trainee and was really sinking fast in his work.  What was even more surprising was to see his manager in the grill area of the restaurant, speaking orders to the young man up front.  It was obvious that there was not only a communication issue, but there was nobody there to help this young man with his duties.

As I began to reflect on this situation (wh…