I want a loophole. I want to exclude some people from being my neighbor. Some people might hurt me. Some people might take advantage of me. Why must I love them? Why must I include them in my list of neighbors? These are not easy questions. But this gospel today is radical. It is tough. When Jesus tells us to love our neighbor, and then tells this story, he means everybody is our neighbor. We have to love everybody.
And this is not easy. Because I do not want to love everybody. I want to love those people who are easy to love. I do not want to love the stranger. I do not want to love the prisoner. And if I can suggest they are unworthy of love, then all the better. If I can say they are lazy, or mean, or evil, then I can feel better not loving them. But that misses the answer given by Jesus. Loving our neighbor means loving everyone.