Life in Christ: Love for the Poor

 

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God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you”; “you received without pay, give without pay.”(231) It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones.(232) When “the poor have the good news preached to them,” it is the sign of Christ‘s presence.(233)

Catechism of the Catholic Church #2443 


[231] Matthew 5,42: “Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.”

Matthew 10,8: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.”

[232] Matthew 25,31-36: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’”

[233] Matthew 11,5: “…the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”

Luke 4,18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…”

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