Though not wealthy, Jesus was accorded honor among His people because of His heritage. Nevertheless, He became an outcast due to His love of the poor. He was moved to compassion by their tears, distress, and rejection. “If you love me,” He told His followers, “then you must love the least of your brothers and sisters. It is this love that will give you compassion and from compassion will come mercy.”
The poor and oppressed are almost totally dependent on the world’s charity, which does not necessarily mean money, but the right of existence and recognition. Living in hostile societies, they are often looked down upon or overlooked all together. Their lives are of little or no importance.