"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their maker, but whoever is kind to the needy hon

What is it about the poor that interests God so much? The question hovers and bothers us because the poor rate very poorly in the kingdom of mankind. They are 'under-performers.' Despite that the poor are 'always with' we really would prefer if they were not. God seems to have a different attitude altogether. Indeed, he almost seems to relish their company. Our text suggests that this is so because God loves to be sponsor the poor; they are an occasion for him to show compassion, to be kind. In other words, God comes into his own among the poor. Do we know that the needy are emblems of God's grace to us? They invite us to be like God; to enter his joy.

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