September 28: National Good Neighbor Day

In  the early 1970’s, Becky Mattson, from Montana, began campaigning for a day to celebrate and encourage good relationships among neighbors. Several presidents issued proclamations for the day, and, in 2003, September 28 was officially declared as National Good Neighbor Day.

neighborhoodTo celebrate, go chat with your neighbors, whether or not you know them yet. Bring a baked good, invite them for dinner, or whatever you think would be a good way to show them your appreciation.

The verse today is by far the longest I’ve ever included, but I think it’s worth it:

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 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, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii 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.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:25-37

P.S. This is not the same as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Day on March 20.

P.P.S. September 28 is also Ask a Stupid Question Day!

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