This is a theme that is echoed in much of Jesus’ teaching. The beaten (think of parable of the Good Samaritan), the oppressed (think of the women who had suffered much at the hands of physicians), the poor (think of the widow’s mite), the despised (think of the Pharisee and the tax collector in the Temple) are held up in a sympathetic light.
One could make a good case that Jesus concentrated his most personal and hands-on ministry to the least, most despised, and poorest of the land. We who call him Lord, who are eager to “have Christ formed in us” (Galatians 4:19) ought to follow in his footsteps.
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