Good advice from Jesus Christ: this struck me again today as I was reading. Luke 14:13 and thereabouts. Jesus sitting around talking to a bunch of rich guys, and he gives them some tips. Not parables or veiled stories but some clear advice about what he thinks would be a good idea. Have a party, a big feast, and invite all the people who can't pay you back, the people that society calls the losers. Funny, in this case he's not talking about "attacking poverty at the root" or solving any of their problems. He just talking about getting us all together, teaching us to be friends. I wonder if that is the root.