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On Sunday we read a passage from the Gospel of Luke wherein Jesus declared that it is not the rich, the comfortable, and the popular who are especially blessed by God but the poor, the hungry, and the hated.

And with that counterintuitive declaration, Jesus forever fused a connection between his followers and the poor to the extent THAT you cannot both ignore those in need AND call your a Christian 

Serving with, engaging the poor is not just a nice that we do but it is a definitional part of being a Christian