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My children grew up watching Mister Rogers. I remember them singing along with him to the program’s introductory theme, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”  The theme stayed with you during the day. Sometimes, I hummed it while I washed dishes. It wasn’t until I recently read over the song’s lyrics, though, that I realized I could gain some missiological insight into the concept of living in brotherhood with your neighbor. Take a moment and watch the below video of the opening to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

By Fred M. Rogers

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?…

It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?…
I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we’re together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

Stay tuned for more on living in brotherhood in the continuing series…

To Ponder…

How does a person’s cultural perspective regarding neighbors and community impact unity of the Church?

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