Sunday Gospel reflections: Who acts like a neighbor?

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The parable of the good Samaritan would have been shocking to Jesus’ audience: the idea of a “good” Samaritan was completely foreign to them. The Samaritans were descended from northern Israelites who had intermarried with foreigners when the Assyrians conquered the region some 750 years earlier. As such, first-century Jews considered Samaritans to be non-Jews […]

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