A Reflection on Matthew 8:1-4
Jesus is in, of, and for the neighbourhood. He is coming back down from the mountain after delivering a sermon to the crowds and goes into a village where he meets a person in need of help. The actions he carries out are a wonderful example of neighbourly love and kindness. He is truly the good neighbour, and all without showiness. This benefits the whole neighbourhood. It is for the community as well as for the man, for leprosy was a community problem in so many ways. And he was of the neighbourhood in his desire to fulfil neighbourhood culture and law. Such is our calling… in, of, and for our neighbourhoods.