If there is among you anyone in need … do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be.
– Deuteronomy 15:7-8
"What made the teaching of Jesus different and apparently so hard to accept then as now, was that it required a critical reassessment of the structures and values and attitudes of human society as his listeners and followers shared in it."
– Monika K. Hellwig
from Jesus: The Compassion of God (The Liturgical Press, 1983)