As we press into the idea of being a church family that loves our neighbors as we love ourselves, last Sunday’s shooting at a La Jolla apartment complex tragically illuminated how desperately our communities need to be seen, loved, and cared for as our neighbors in a broken world.
For many of our students and leaders that live and work in the area, it has been a tense week. Even more so, we know how shootings like the one on Sunday, in which the the victims were people of color, can disproportionately affect communities of color in ways that often go unseen or unfelt by others.
While our culturally-ingrained response might be to look to the facts of Sunday’s shooting, the gospel of Jesus calls us to see, love, and care for our neighbors in need. Jesus invites us to seek understanding and to step toward others with compassion.
This Sunday we will explore the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-36. This challenging story reminds us that our call to love our neighbors transcends racial, political, social, and even religious boundaries.
I hope you’ll continue to join me in praying for hope and healing for our neighbors in La Jolla, no matter where you call home.
P.S. We are grateful for our leaders and ministry partners that have provided direct support to those affected in La Jolla, at UCSD, and in our law enforcement community. We are privileged to be a part of God’s movement here in San Diego.