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covered in filth and dying of hunger

How can you say you have fulfilled the law and the prophets, when it is written in the law that you should love your neighbor as yourself? Look, many of your brothers, sons of Abraham, are covered with filth and dying of hunger. Meanwhile your own house is filled with goods, and not a thing goes out of it to them. – Origen

Faithfulness is never about what we say we believe. Even the early Church Fathers understood this. Faithfulness is about living out our beliefs in real and tangible ways. Faithfulness is about daily decisions.

Loving our neighbor as ourself means doing whatever is most necessary for his salvation, his shalom. That must start with meeting her need for bread and shelter. Everything else is secondary.