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After these things the Lord appointed seventy-two others
and sent them two by two ahead of him
into every city and place where he intended to go.

He said to them, "Whoever listens to you listens to me,
and whoever rejects you rejects me;
and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

And the seventy-two returned with joy
saying, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."

He said to them,
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Look, I have given you the authority
to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and on all the power of the enemy,
and nothing will harm you at all.
Yet do not rejoice in this that the spirits submit to you,
but rejoice that your names have been recorded in heaven."
In the same hour he was overjoyed by the Holy Spirit.

A certain lawyer stood up to test him
saying, "Teacher, by doing what may I obtain eternal life?"

He said to him, "What has been written in the law?
How do you read it?"

He answered, "Love the Lord your God
from your whole heart
and with your whole soul
and with your whole strength
and with your whole mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."

He said to him, "You answer correctly;
do this and you will live."

But wishing to justify himself
he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

Taking him up Jesus said,
"A certain person was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and he fell in among robbers,
who both beating him and stripping him
went away leaving him half dead.
By coincidence a certain priest was going down on that road,
and seeing him he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise also a Levite coming upon the place
and seeing passed by on the opposite side.

"A certain Samaritan traveling came upon him
and seeing was compassionate;
approaching he bound up his wounds pouring on oil and wine,
and putting him on his own pack-animal
he brought him to an inn and took care of him.
On the next day taking out two days' wages
he gave it to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him,
and whatever you spend in addition
I on my return will pay back to you.'

"Which of these three seems to you to have been a neighbor
to the one falling in among the robbers?"

He said, "The one who demonstrated mercy with him."

"Jesus said to him, "Go, and you do likewise."

55. Loving the Neighbor Harmony 55 * * Interpretation 55
56. On Prayer Harmony 56 * Synthesis 56 * Interpretation 56

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