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Did you pick up on how closely Jesus' parable of the sheep and the goats tracks the very same categories of alienated and marginalized human beings listed in Isaiah 58? The hungry, the poor, the naked, the homeless, the imprisoned - the very people we'll be asked about in the final judgment - are the ones God inserts between His bookends in Isaiah 58.
And what will we be be asked? "Did you have compassion for the 'the least of these' brothers and sisters of Mine?" Old Testament, New Testament - God the Father, God the Son - it really doesn't matter, does it? For wherever we turn in sacred Scripture we keep bumping into the same passionately compassionate God. "I know you have the beliefs down pat," He intones, "but what on earth and what under heaven are you doing for those less fortunate than you?"
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