It takes Mario Sosa twenty-five minutes to drive from his home near Fiesta Texas to southwest San Antonio where he is a youth pastor at Life Church SA. The drive brings him from La Cantera to Southpark Mall, from Brandeis High School Broncos to the South San Bobcats.
Often, we let our neighborhood tell us who our neighbors are, but Mario looks at the entire city of San Antonio and sees neighbors everywhere—next door and across town. Which is pretty darn biblical of him.
When an expert in the law asked, “Who is my neighbor,” Jesus responded with this story: a Samaritan stops to help an injured Jew on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho. Samaria is hardly the same neighborhood as Jerusalem. Even today, it would take nearly three hours just to drive from Jerusalem to Samaria. So the parable challenges listeners that neighboring well is more expansive than serving people who live nearby, who share beliefs, or who look the same.