Though this sounds like a prophecy, it has been a truth since the beginning of civilization. In Jesus’ day, those who had the least were the slaves whose own bodies and very lives were often taken from them. In feudal times, rulers took most of the fruits of the laboring peasants who were left with barely enough to sustain themselves.
It continues to be a truth in our time. Along with offering our charity and compassion for those poorer than ourselves, we must also continue working for an economic system that does not penalize people for being poor. I think this is what Jesus demands by telling this story.
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