“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.”
The conclusion of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke10:25-37
What is it with Mr. Rogers these days? He seems to be everywhere, first in what is apparently a moving documentary, Won't You be my Neighbor, and now with a new book called The Good Neighbor. Fred Rogers died fifteen years ago but there has been a resurgence of interest in his themes of acceptance and unconditional love. I've admitted in a previous blog that I never watched even a portion of an episode of Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood because of my impression that Fred Rogers was rather insipid, bland. The truth is that he was a deep and purposeful man whose Christian faith informed his message even though he rarely mentioned religion on his show.
There is an article in a recent issue of Christianity Today which reviews the new biography. It suggests that Roger's was not just meek and mild, that he had an edge which drove his vision for working with children: