In summary, we see throughout both the Old and New Testaments the bright thread of God’s concern for the poor and the marginalized. We see in Christ’s dramatic announcement of His messianic identity and mission in Luke 4 that He came “to preach good news to the poor” (v.18). We learn that Christi’s criterion for determining the authenticity of someone’s profession to follow Him whether or not he or she tangibly cared for those in need. And now we are told that when we do care for them, we are actually caring for Christ Himself – His identity merged with the least and the last. There is no “whole gospel” without compassion and justice shown to the poor. It’s that simple.
(from The Hole in our Gospel)