One of the remarkable things about the parable of the Good Samaritan is that this guy who helped out didn’t even know who he was helping. All that mattered to him was here was a man who was beaten up and in need of medical support.
The point that’s usually received from the parable is the helper was from the enemies of the Jewish people. It’s still an aspect worth considering, but as well as that it’s still the concept of who is my neighbour. Proper treatment of the neighbour is fair whatever the background and whatever their behaviour. That means even if they are rude, my responsibility is not to seek their comeuppance, but to still seek for their welfare.
That certainly becomes challenging when there are expectations to react to mistreatment. Thankfully Jesus is there to relate. It continues to help me see others not in a meaningless way or just casually. It’s to consider encounters with others as essentially encounters with a neighbour. A neighbour who I am called to love.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden