For centuries, societies have tried to answer the question “Who is my neighbor?” Today’s reading depicts a person who offers mercy to a stranger in answer to this question. As a Christian, our response to another should be to provide mercy. That is especially true when the person cannot reciprocate. Today’s Gospel account portrays mercy well since it personifies not only a good deed but how another is acknowledged and accorded dignity. Whom do you encounter who would be grateful for your recognition?