Last night I had the privilege to watch the Super Bowl with my neighbour. I was able to support him, since his girlfriend had gone through a similar surgery as my wife had in recent years. This is part of what it means to be a good neighbour. Jesus said, “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31).
In order to flesh out this teaching, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. We need to care for the hurting, the broken, people around us who are in need. There are so many practical ways to do this. And the people we help don’t always have to be “poor.” We can be a friend in big ways and small; however the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, leads.
Our church had the annual Super Bowl party, and there was also a dramatic retelling of Voice of the Martyrs founder Richard Wurmbrand’s decade in a Romanian prison, entitled “Solitary Refinement.” In the end, though, I decided that this year I wanted to support my neighbour and show Him the love of Christ. My wife was able to spend some quality one-on-one time with my neighbour’s girlfriend, and to encourage her.
So, we enjoyed Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles, the underdogs, defeated the New England Patriots 41 to 33. To me, I was thankful. It was a close game, but in my opinion the Patriots have won the Super Bowl enough in the last decade…