O u r C a lling 15 live in church community because we must concern ourselves with the need of the whole world. We each acknowledge our share in humanity’s guilt and ­suffering, and we must respond through a life devoted to love. “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” 16 Love of neighbor means doing the works of mercy commanded by Christ: giving food to the hungry and water to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, giving alms to the poor, and visiting the sick and those in prison. “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Like the early Christians, we see piety as false unless it is proved authentic through deeds of social justice. 17 Love of neighbor means that we keep an open door. The blessings of a life of brotherly and sisterly ­community are available to all people, rich or poor, skilled or unskilled, who are called to go this way of discipleship with us. 18 Love of neighbor leads us to give up all private ­property, the root of so much injustice and violence. Christ teaches his followers to reject mammon – the desire for and the power of possessions. He warns, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” He saw into the heart of the rich young man whom he loved and told him: “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the John 1:29; 3:16–17 Rom 3:9, 23 Rom 13:8–10; Gal 5:6 Matt 7:12 Matt 25:31–46 Deut 15:1–11; 24:10–22 Matt 25:40 Jas 1:27 Deut 10:12–21; Ps 112 Heb 13:2 Lev 19:33–34 Col 3:11; 1 Cor 14:23–25 Luke 12:32–34 Jas 4:1–4; 1 Tim 6:9–10 Matt 6:19–21, 24 Luke 18:24 esv Mark 10:17–22 esv