Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you be loving one another. By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, and lay them at the apostles' feet; and they would be distributed to each, as any had need.
God blends the Body together, giving to that part which is deficient more exceeding honor, that there may be no schism in the Body, but that the members should be mutually solicitous for one another. And whether one member is suffering, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members are rejoicing with it. Now you are the Body of Christ, and members of it.
I Corinthians 12:24-27
For undefiled practice of faith with/toward God the Father is this: to be visiting the bereaved and widowed in their affliction, to be keeping oneself unspotted from the world.
And this is the commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, just as He commanded us.
[I John 3:23]
S A M E C A R E
In 13th Century Europe, lepers roamed from the edge of one town to another, begging for food and shelter. They were forced to wear bells tied around their necks to warn people of their approach. One day at a crossroads, Francis came upon one of these destitute and disfigured individuals. Panicked, he started to recoil, but turned back to embrace and astonish the man. Francis sought out more lepers and found a hospital full of them. He cared for them, worked with his hands, prayed and sang. He spent his life caring for them, and willed that his brethren should serve them for the love of Christ. Francis would tell his band of brothers that they ought to see in the bodily infirmities of others the infirmities and bruises that Christ took upon Himself for our healing.