“Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” – Jesus
“In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
You’d be hard-pressed to find many people preaching these words of St. Paul today.
This is not a popular philosophy of today’s world – to work hard to help the weak because it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Maybe you might hear a mother telling her little boy or girl this piece of advice.
But when those kids grow-up they will be very much indoctrinated by a culture with a very different message about the so-called “American Dream” which espouses the idea that you can have prosperity and personal success through hard work.
Not that there’s anything wrong with working hard and being rewarded.
But that’s not the message of Jesus nor of St. Paul.
They are more concerned with downward mobility, joining with the poor and disenfranchised in order to help them.
This is the Christian way.
It was why Jesus could implore God on behalf of his followers, “Keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.” John 17:11
Just as Jesus and God are one, so are we.
There is a Sacred Unity of all things.
This is why Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as though they were us because in a very divine sense…they are us.
Jesus was united in a Love that included everything and everyone.
We are called to do the same.
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