But wishing to justify himself, a man said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied and said, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you. Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Luke 10:29-37


And Jesus also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and repayment come to you. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have any means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Luke 14:12-14


And Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.”
Luke 19:8-9


And looking at the man, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Mark 10:21; Luke 18:22


For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:11


They began disposing of their acquisitions and properties, and were sharing with all, as anyone might have need.
Acts 2:45


Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and not even one of them said that any of his possessions were his own, but it was all theirs in common. And with great power the apostles rendered testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lord. Besides, great grace was on them all, for neither was there 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.
Acts 4:32-35


Let your abundance supply their want, that their abundance also may be the supplement of your want, that there may be equality: as it is written, “He who had much had not excess; and he who had little had no lack.”
II Corinthians 8:14-15
Cyprian To Quirinus 56:2


And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned [that I may boast], but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
I Corinthians 13:3


And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:6


Let not the strong neglect the weak; and let the weak respect the strong. Let the rich minister aid to the poor; and let the poor give thanks to God, because He has given him one through whom his wants may be supplied.
I Clement 38:2


Deal your bread to the hungry, and lead the homeless poor under your dwelling; if you see the naked, clothe him; and do not hide yourself from your own flesh.
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho 15:5
Cyprian on Works and Alms 4:1


From widows they do not turn away their esteem; and they deliver the orphan from him who treats him harshly. And he who has, gives to him who has not, without boasting. And when they see a stranger, they take him in to their homes and rejoice over him as a very brother.
Aristides' Apology 15


We practice sharing in banquets, which are not only modest, but also sober: for we do not indulge in entertainments nor prolong our feasts with wine; but we temper our joyousness with gravity, with chaste discourse, and with body even more chaste…
Octavius of Minucius Felix 31:3





S H A R I N G

Bernard Gilpin rode in winter to preach and teach in places where none others would, while distributing alms to the poorest of the people. Once he happened to see a horse drop dead at the plow, and immediately dismounted from his own to give it to the farmer. He hesitated not to cover a beggar or a poor man by removing his own cloak. On Sundays, he gave free dinners to all who came to the parish, whether rich or poor. Gilpin also had the inclination to personally defray the cost of attendance for poorer lads at a school he founded: the Kepier Grammar School at Houghton le Spring. For these things and their influence by charity in the sixteenth century, church leaders came to resent Bernard Gilpin, while Jesus and the people loved him.

Galatians 6:2-5 The Spirit of Christ prompts us: bear (share in) one another's burdens (the heavier loads), and so fulfill the law of Christ. … for each one will be carrying a portion as his load. No longer building my kingdom; building upon the foundation of Christ as His Kingdom come.