Sermon based on the parable of the Good Samaritan (Twelfth Week after Pentecost, Luke 10:23-37) – Love of God and love of neighbor are the two great commandments. St. John the Beloved goes even further in (1 John 4), saying “If any man say, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for how can he that loves not his brother whom he sees, love God whom he does not see? And this commandment we have from God, that he who loves God, love also his brother.” It is a very great offense to God, who is the common father of every human being, that His children here on earth should hate one another based on anything like race or color. And yet we see, here in the United States, a resurfacing of the kinds of tensions which we had back in the 60’s. It’s an unnecessary, artificial resurfacing of this old hatred. Hatred, based on race or any other thing, is completely contrary to the Gospel of the Lord. Go contrary to the direction who are trying to benefit from racial hatred or other hatreds, or even trying to make it worse.