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True Love of Neighbor
Jesus builds upon His teachings from last week by highlighting the importance of loving our neighbor. Faith is not a private matter but must be shared and actively lived in charity toward our brothers and sisters. Woe to us if we observe a neighbor in need and do not seek to minister to his/her needs. In the Old Testament, God instructed the Jewish people to show love and mercy toward Gentiles, aliens, and the poor. Now Jesus reiterates and expands this commandment to all people. As John writes in his first letter, “But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17). If we truly love God, then we will have deep concern for the welfare of those in need.