And do thou likewise

Luke 10:36-37 (KJV), conclusion of the Good Samaritan parable:

[Jesus said] “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?”

And he [the lawyer] said, “He that shewed mercy on him.” Then said Jesus unto him, “Go, and do thou likewise.”

Commentary by John Wesley, writing in the 18th century:

Let us go and do likewise, regarding every man as our neighbour who needs our assistance. Let us renounce that bigotry and party zeal which would contract our hearts into an insensibility for all the human race, but a small number whose sentiments and practices are so much our own, that our love to them is but self love reflected.

This has been on my mind today.

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