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WHO IS MY BROTHER? -From the desk of Silvio Caddeo 21 апреля, 2009

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Библейские уроки-Bible lessons, История -History, Трибуна братства - The brotherhood tribune, Today's Devotional.
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Paul wrote to the brothers in Corinth,

the worst congregation mentioned in the New Testament,

“Therefore, my dear brothers…” (1 Co 15:58).


We are living in a very confused period, when many old values are deeply analyzed, scrutinized and questioned, where even some believers are no more certain in what they should believe or refuse. Consequently, it is not strange that someone is wondering who should be considered his brothers and who should not. This is pertinent question, isn’t? Maybe the right answer could put upside down our way of thinking.  


Before explaining who my brother is, a very important question, let see who our neighbour is because the two go often together. After, it would easier to answer also to that question.


Something about this question is presented by Jesus in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, where a man who was robbed and beaten by some criminals, was left half dead at the border of the road. A Jewish priest saw him, but he did not stop to help him and also a Levite did not stop, “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. Look after him, he said, and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have” (Lk 10:33-35).   


It is interesting that the Jewish priest and the Levite, who usually were strict observers of the Law, did nothing to help the man who was dying near the road, while the Samaritan, a foreigner, someone with whom he had apparently nothing in common, stopped to help him.


With this Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus explained clearly who our neighbour should be, but unfortunately, certain believers love only those who are like them, who think in the same way and take the same position in different issues, but they hate, or do not love, all those who are different from them, who have different opinions, different customs and remain indifferent to their ordeals.