It comes up again and again, much more than our individualistic church culture can grasp: righteousness has a necessary social-communal expression. this is not optional. We cannot say, "Well, I'm just a solitary sort of person" or "I have enough to do just taking care of myself and my kin." There is a reason that the second great commandment is inseparably joined to the first.
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him,Care for others--known and unknown--is not optional. The only appropriate question, I think, is "How?"
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.