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Feeding the Poor: What did Jesus say about Feeding the Poor

Jesus’ teachings on feeding the poor can be found in various passages in the Gospels, reflecting His concern for the marginalized and underserved. Here are three relevant Bible verses:

  1. Matthew 25:35-40 (ESV): “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.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
  2. Luke 14:13-14 (ESV): “But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
  3. Mark 10:21 (ESV): “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’”

Three main takeaways from Jesus’ teachings on feeding the poor are:

  1. Compassion and Empathy: Jesus teaches that caring for the needs of the poor and marginalized is not just an act of charity but a reflection of God’s love and compassion for all His creation. This empathy should drive Christians to take action to support those in need.
  2. Solidarity with the Marginalized: By serving the poor, Christians are called to see Christ in everyone, especially those society often overlooks. This solidarity goes beyond merely meeting physical needs to acknowledging the inherent dignity of every person.
  3. Spiritual Riches: Jesus emphasizes that there is spiritual wealth in serving the poor. Actions done in love for the marginalized are seen as done for Christ Himself, offering eternal rewards that far outweigh earthly possessions.

These teachings underscore the importance of compassion, solidarity, and the pursuit of spiritual wealth through acts of love and kindness toward the poor and marginalized.

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  • Greg Gaines

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