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Matthew 7:1-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Neighbor Love Continued 8: Matthew 7:6-11 Giving and neighbor love

Matthew 7:6-11 g) Giving and neighbor love

|| Luke 11:9-13

MT7:6 “You should not give[1] the ‘Holy’ to the ‘dogs.’ Nor throw your ‘pearls’ before ‘swine.’[2] So they never trample them underfoot and they turn and attack you.[3] MT7:7 Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and doors will open.[4] MT7:8 For, everyone: The asking receive. The seeking find. The knocking have doors opened.[5] MT7:9 Or, who is the person among you, when a child asks for bread, gives it a stone?[6] MT7:10 Or, [when the child] asks for a fish, will give it a serpent?[7] MT7:11 So, you, though wicked know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more your heavenly Father gives good[8] to those asking?[9]

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[1] Give: Obviously “giving” is an important element in neighbor love.

[2] Throw your ‘pearls’ before ‘swine’: The Nazarene’s sarcasm may continue here, for in the area of personal judgment one’s own “pearls” are also very “holy” (particularly if one belongs to a self-righteous religion) and so Jesus encourages keeping one’s mouth shut and one’s opinions (no matter how “holy” and pearl-like) to one’s self. Note Proverbs 9:7 and 15:12: reproof.

Various renderings are: BAS: or put your jewels before pigs; NEB: do not feed pearls to pigs. The Nazarene may stress the futility of wasting religious “pearls” on those considered “pigs” from a spiritual (Jewish) standpoint. The whole matter seems contextual with what went before and is an exaggerated absurdum to a highly judgmental and self-righteous people.

[3] They turn and attack you: Very often the reaction of people, or your neighbors, to your religious “pearls” is to attack or belittle your strongly held views. So, it is a waste of your time and ultimately damages your neighbor, causing them to behave in an abnormal manner.

[4] Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and doors will open: This takes a good degree of humility for one does not feel everything resides within one’s self. Note Luke 11:9-13. Various renderings are: MOF: ask and the gift will be yours; TCNT: your prayer shall be granted. All of this is very positive and the Nazarene assures positive results. Compare James 1:5.

[5] The asking receive. The seeking find. The knocking have doors opened: See Luke 18:1-8 on persistence. Various renderings: GDSP: for it is always the one who asks who receives. The person who refuses to ask, search, or knock on doors will find opportunity a rare bird indeed. The initial action produces those opportunities which would lie dormant unless otherwise aroused.

[6] Asks for bread, gives it a stone: See Jeremiah 29:12: prayer. Another hyperbole or absurdum from the Nazarene. Cannot we expect God to be at least as gracious as humans?

[7] Serpent: Luke uses the phrase ‘scorpion for an egg.’ The idea is ridiculous but the Nazarene builds confidence that the Father would do no less than respond in kindness and goodness.

[8] Father gives good: See James 1:17 and the perfect Giver. The Father is a “giver,” not only to His children, but even to the unrighteous, wicked, and unthankful (Matthew 5:45; Luke 6:35). The Father gave mankind ‘the Gift beyond description.’ (2 Corinthians 9:15)

[9] To those asking: Luke adds, ‘The Heavenly Father will give Holy Spirit to those asking Him.’ (Luke 11:13) The Nazarene assures, ‘Anything you ask the Father in my name He will give it to you.’ (John 16:23)

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Preceding

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 1 Charity and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 2 Prayer and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 3 Forgiveness and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 4 Treasures’ and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 5 Matthew 6: 24-34: e) Anxiety and neighbor love

Matthew 7:1-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Neighbor Love Continued 6: Matthew 7:1-5 Judgment and neighbor love

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Further reading

  1. Finding God in the Abstract with Unabridged Certainty
  2. Dogs and Dumplings
  3. How not to cast Pearls to Pigs
  4. Disappointments in Life, Not a Disappointing Life
  5. measure 83 times, cut twice… start over, repeat…
  6. Disappointments in Life, Not a Disappointing Life
  7. How not to cast Pearls to Pigs
  8. Summer Devotional July 17th, 2017
  9. The Art of Asking
  10. You should know this if you ask God for things
  11. Ask
  12. Ask, Seek, Knock
  13. #35 Are You Afraid to Ask for Help?
  14. Verse of the day Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in
  15. Don’t be Afraid to Ask Sometimes things break right when you are in the middle of something. Case in point, my can opener broke right in the middle of opening a can and I could not get it off or open the can.
  16. Desires of the heart
  17. This Gift called Grace
  18. Simply for the Joy of It
  19. A Father Who Provides
  20. Daily word for 19 January 2017 – Matthew 7:11
  21. Just Ask (365 Days of Daring Faith — Day 353)
  22. Good Good Father From Grace Place

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Man enticed to long for more

From the onset of times the human beings showed the want for more. The woman was enticed by what God asked her not to touch.

Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden

Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the first man and mannin the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, in the middle of the Garden of Eden, looked so attractive because they knew it could give something they had  not yet. They too wanted to have knowledge of good and evil like their Creator had. They longed for having as much knowledge and power as their Divine Maker had. This is their greed, because they had everything what a man needs. Everything was provide for by the Most Highest.

Though the thoughts of the man and mannin, Adam and Eve, was preoccupied with gain. They thought it could well be that God hold something hidden for them, which they too could use. As such they did not trust God and showed how they wanted to come on the same level as Him and that they wanted ore than He had given them.

The giving in to the temptation (the nachash) was bringing them to mutiny, revolting against their Divine Maker.

It is that revolt against the Divine Creator that still bothers mankind today. Today also the preoccupation with material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things brings people further away from God. Having received the knowledge of good and evil each individual should know what is good and what is bad. People who have come to the Christian faith for sure should know that when they are preoccupied with material things, that would be definitely wrong.

We do not say that you as a Christian may not have your own house, a car, a television or hifi set. There is no objection against having material things, but the obsession with acquiring and caring for “stuff” is a dangerous thing for the Christian.

Already in the Garden of Eden God gave a signal that He wants an intense connection with man. Man’s thought should go in the first instance to its Maker. After man got expelled from the Garden of Eden God insisted still to have a pure connection with Him, not giving more attention to material objects or subjects, not having idols placed in a higher ranking than the God above all gods.

Man has to be careful how he treats others and how he gives attention and obligation or glorification to others. Any preoccupation, obsession or fascination with anything other than God, man should know, is something what displeases God. He wants us to love us above all persons and above all things. It is with all our heart that we should give honour to the Most High.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV)

Jesus called that love for God the first and greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27). All our passion and prayer and intelligence should go in the first instance to Jehovah God.  When we do that we shall be able to find life.

“”You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”” (Luke 10:28 NIV)

therefore we should be very careful and attentive into what we put our energy and for what we want to strive. It is what is deep in our heart that God knows. He knows what we rally want and wherefore we long.  In our heart should be the choice for God and not for material things.

The Elohim, Jehovah God should be our focus. Our eyes should be directed on Him.  He alone is worthy of our complete attention, love and service. To offer these things to anything, or anyone, else is idolatry.

We should recognise that when we are wanting for other things than those which are important in the Eyes of God, than we fall for the weakness of man.

The end of the Edenic period, Adam and Eve are...

The end of the Edenic period, Adam and Eve are thrust into a bleak Antediluvian world. Thomas Cole, 1828 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is true, man is caught up in the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things that have entered this world and choke it. But we should know that the material gain the world wants us to believe would make us happy, is just an empty soap bell.

“but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19 NIV)

We should not be fashioned according to this world, but should listen to the words of the sent ones from God, like to Jesus Christ, and follow the examples of them, living in humility and simplicity, always following not our will but the Will of God.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

We must come to see that the word of material wealth proves unfruitful. We are cheating ourselves by thinking that we will be happy or more fulfilled or content if only we had more of whatever it is we are chasing. This is a lie from the father of lies, satan, which every adversary of God still wants us to believe today that we better not believe in God and try to earn as much money as possible in every way we can. Many are using bad ways to gain capital and do not mind what others may think of it or worse what God might think of it. Though for sure God shall take it into account. One day there shall be a moment of judgement for man. Then it will be time to justify for the actions that one has taken.

Those adversaries of God wants us to be chasing after something they know will never satisfy us so we will be kept from pursuing that which is the only thing that can satisfy — God Himself.

Many are blinded by those satans and do not come to see that the financial gain or the material wealth is the mammon, the killer of mankind.

All should know that one cannot serve both God and money.

“”No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”” (Luke 16:13 NIV)

When we put our eyes on that material gain we shall be deceived and disgusted to continually feeling dissatisfied, never feeling contented. We must seek to be content with what we have, and materialism is the exact opposite of that contentment. It causes us to strive for more and more and more, all the while telling us that this will be the answer to all our needs and dreams.

The infallible Word of God sheds light on how human beings best live and unto what they best give attention in their life. That life does not get its satisfaction in the abundance of the things which a person can come to possess.

“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”” (Luke 12:15 NIV)

Man’s eyes should be focused on that what is much more important in life than the treasures of this world: the Kingdom of God.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)

Long before the master teacher Jeshua was born there was a man who had enough material wealth as one of the richest kings of the world. King Solomon had no shortage of anything and had absolutely everything what he desired. Though he also came aware that was not really what brought him happiness.  He declared,

“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV)

Be aware that whoever loves wealth shall never be satisfied with his income. Perhaps it can take a long time before we come to such awareness. In the end, Solomon came to the conclusion that there is one greater thing we do have to bear in mind.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV)

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Building up the spirit of the soul

Back from gone #2 Aim of godly people

Matthew 5:38-42 – 5. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Exodus 21:24

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 1 Charity and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 2 Prayer and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 3 Forgiveness and neighbour love

Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 4 Treasures’ and neighbour love

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Additional reading

  1. God above all gods
  2. An openingschapter explaining why things are like they are and why we may have hope for better things
  3. Bereshith 2 Man and Woman placed in a Royal Garden
  4. Orders for the first human beings and Rebellion against their Maker
  5. The figure of Eve
  6. Moment of getting knowledge and its consequence
  7. Scattered, broken, thwarted reflection of God
  8. Sources of evil
  9. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #4 The Fall
  10. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #5 Temptation, assault and curse
  11. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #6 Curse and solution
  12. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #8 Looking for the 2nd Adam
  13. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  14. Faith and trial
  15. No good thing will he withhold

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Further reading

    1. Living
    2. Need and Want
    3. Livable Wages
    4. Greed
    5. Vanity and Greed
    6. Thingamabobs? I Got Twenty… I Want More!
    7. The Price Of Keep Wanting More.
    8. Greed for money
    9. An irrational reward system
    10. Our Entire Economy Is Based On A Massive LIE That Is Killing People
    11. Greed is God: How economics became a religion
    12. How much is enough?
    13. Too Much Stuff (Part 2)
    14. Enough by John C. Bogle
    15. They Deceived Him
    16. A Holy Judgement 
    17. When Does It All End?
    18. That there are people who are convinced they can give more to their family and should not bother about it proves Jack Bennett with his text: No Shame In Wanting More
    19. But that there are some things we can do without and some things we cannot do without, such as a clean conscience and a useful life, may give to ponder you the text:Quotes of Note #9 On Money & Wealth
    20. The power of greed’: Greed is one of Christianity’s seven deadly sins, and it predates capitalism. In our society, who is greedier – the consumer or the capitalist? Are there any positive aspects to greed?
    21. The Price is Wrong: No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Mat 6:24, ESV)
    22. Rich Toward God While they may not be mutually exclusive, if we are honest with ourselves, they frequently are in competition. Pursuing possessions on earth often has a way of cutting into laying up treasures in heaven.
    23. Avoiding covetous distractions
    24. Quick Thought – Monday, July 17, 2017
    25. Jesus Was Out
    26. Four things that kill the fire of God 
    27. Stop The Greed
    28. Starve the beast
    29. Self-discipline: How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy
    30. The Rich Man and Lazarus
    31. Generosity by Johannes Brahms
    32. 2 Kings Chapter 15
    33. No Other Gods
    34. Idols In The Temple, Part One
    35. Why Is God Jealous?
    36. 3 Kinds of Idolatry
    37. Patriotism — self-examination losing out to self-infatuation? “Patriotism is the go-to religion of those who would worship a super-sized version of themselves and seldom quibble to persecute non-believers, foreigners and conscientious objectors. It is a grandiose
    38. Depravity may lie in two extremes
    39. Conversion
    40. Whose God is it anyway?
    41. Modern Romans
    42. Why Make Idols?
    43. Evangelicalism’s Golden Calf
    44. Shabbat Balak: the Holy and the Idolatrous
    45. Weekly Torah Commentary – Mattot-Maasei July 21, 2017
    46. The Problem of American Worship
    47. Whom are you serving?
    48. Verse of the month: July 2017

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Servant for the truth of God

Paolo Veronese - Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples - WGA24846

Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples – 1580s, National Gallery in Prague – Paolo Veronese (1528–1588)

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“35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying, Master, we want you to grant us a request. 36 And he said to them, What do you want me to do for you? 37 They replied, Grant that one of us may sit at your right hand, and the other at your left, in your glory. 38 But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking: can you drink of the cup that I drink of? or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they answered, We can. And Jesus said to them, You will indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: 40 But to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to give; but it will be given to those for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they became indignant with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them over, and said to them, You know that those who are regarded as rulers over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones wield authority over them. 43 But among you that will not so: instead whoever wants to be great among you, will be your servant: 44 And whoever wants to be first among you, will be the servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:35-45 KJV_2011)
“1 We who are strong ought then to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me. 4 For whatever things were written in the past were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. 5  Now may the God who gives you patience and comfort grant you to be of the same mind one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 So that you may with one mind and one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7  Therefore accept one another, as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. 8 For I tell you that Jesus Christ was a servant to the Jews for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: 9 So that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this reason I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing hymns to your name.” (Romans 15:1-9 KJV_2011)
“8  Likewise the deacons must also be dignified, not two-faced, not given to much wine, not greedy of gain; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a clean conscience. 10 Moreover, let them first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, after being found blameless.” (1 Timothy 3:8-10 KJV_2011)
“1  Just before the feast of the passover, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to depart from this world and go to the Father, and having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 Now by the time of the supper, the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; 3 Jesus knowing that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God, and was going back to God; 4 Got up from supper, and laid aside his garments; and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that he poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 When he came to Simon Peter: Peter said to him, Lord, are you going to wash my feet? 7 In answer Jesus said, You do not understand what I am doing now; but you will understand in the future. 8 No, Peter said, You will never wash my feet. Jesus replied, If I do not wash you, you have no part with me. 9 Then Simon Peter replied, Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus answered, Anyone who has bathed only needs to wash his feet, but is clean all over: and you are clean, but not all of you. 11 For he knew who would betray him; that is why he said, You are not all clean. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and put on his garments, and sat back down, he said to them, Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Master and Lord: and you are right; for I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do what I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I tell you, No servant is greater than his master; nor is a messenger greater than him who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you will be happier if you practice them. 18  I am not talking about all of you: I know whom I have chosen: but the scripture must be fulfilled, He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me. 19 Now I am telling you before it takes place, so that, when it happens, you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I tell you, He who receives whomever I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me.” (John 13:1-20 KJV_2011)
“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6 KJV_2011)“5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being by nature God, did not see equality with God as something to be used for self-glorification: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the nature of a servant, and was born as a man:” (Philippians 2:5-7 KJV_2011)

“3 Not as dictators over those in your care, but as examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will never fade away. 5  Likewise, you who are younger, submit to the elders. Yea, all of you cooperate with each another, being clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:3-5 KJV_2011)

“Whoever claims to abide in him needs to walk, in the same way that he walked.” (1 John 2:6 KJV_2011)

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  • Apostolic Authority (alifetimeofreading.wordpress.com)
    He is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel
  • History Channel’s The Bible: Mission (kimcheel.wordpress.com)
    The Last Supper: Jesus talks about how he’s going to be betrayed and beaten and killed.  Nope.  Just tell them you’re going to be betrayed.  More accurate.  Also, you forgot to wash your disciples’ feet.  Remember?  Peter got all huffy?
  • Jesus > I – He must Become Greater – Me Less (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
    Jesus must increase – His authority and influence in our lives, our thoughts, our words, and our actions must grow.We must decrease – The purpose of our lives is to point the world towards Him. We are not to form religious affiliations to glorify ourselves, or to set up a religion of our own.  As the light from the evening moon fades away and is lost in the rays of the rising sun, who we are in the flesh is to fade away in the glory of His light. It should be an honor for any one of us, to accept in humility, and with a willingness to be esteemed as nothing–if we can honor Christ.
  • Jesus Christ, Bondservant (altruistico.wordpress.com)
    The disciples gathered around a table to celebrate Passover with Jesus. Had one of them been more thoughtful of the others—or if one possessed a spirit of servanthood—he would have done the very thing that Christ did. He would have taken water and a cloth, knelt before the other 12 men, one at a time, and washed their feet. Jesus came into the world as a servant (Matt. 20:28). He was willing to do whatever was necessary to move men’s hearts and bring them to a saving knowledge of God.As the lowest of household servants, the bondslave had the distasteful job of washing the feet of anyone who entered the home. And this is the very task that Christ voluntarily performed that evening, right before His trial and sufferings would begin. His act was a foreshadowing of the service He was about to render to His Father—as well as to the whole world—by dying on the cross for humanity’s sin.
  • How to be happy? (bryanvillarosa.wordpress.com)
    People who think highly of themselves are never happy. In short, proud people never have real happiness and joy. That joy is fake. That smile is just a mask. Before Christ washed his disciples’ feet, he set aside his garments. In the ancient times, garments define social status. It defines rank, position and profession. Jesus laid them aside. As a follower of Christ, you count your achievements as “dung.” You count everything as loss for Christ. You don’t glory in them. You don’t cling to your titles and take security in them. There is no other name that is exalted in your life, there is no other source of happiness in your heart than the name of your Savior.
  • Jesus, Son of God. (abundanceis.wordpress.com)
    Almighty and everliving God, in Your tender love for the human race You send Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon Him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of His great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of His suffering, and also share in His resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen – Scot McKnight
  • Maundy Thursday: Mar. 28 (prayerscapes.wordpress.com)
    Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
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    Each human being is endowed with dignity and is worthy of respect, regardless of social station or any other humanly-determined ranking system. Jesus demonstrated on his knees, for all who would follow him, that our love is shown in serving each other, humbly and generously. “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another.”

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