To get a better understanding of who Jesus is, historically and presently, I highly recommend reading this article from Christian Century: https://www.christiancentury.org/article/poor-we-will-always-have-us
It begins with the subhead, "Jesus isn't pitting himself against poor people. He's one of them."
The article draws from the Book of Deuteronomy, the most cited Jewish text in the New Testiment.
Upon reading Deuteronomy I began to see and understand a deeper, thicker, more powerful and practical Christ. It is one of five books that make up the Torah, the Jewish book of life.
Having recently reread Deuteronomy, it's impossiblefor me to see Jesus and not see him as the the living Torah.
This is a long winded way to say read this article Adapted from Liz Theoaris's new book "Always With Us? What Jesus Really Said About The Poor," published by Eerdmans this month.
"observing Sabbath is about copying or emulating God. This combination of piety and economic practice are merged: rather than choosing between helping the poor and worshiping God, the Deuteronomic Code demonstrates that the way to worship God is to structure society around everyone’s needs. God’s intention with God’s laws and commandments is to eliminate poverty and inequality on earth."
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”