When we give to the poor, the Lord considers it as precious as a valuable ring.
(The Bible, Sirach 17:22).
A great Spanish writer, Lope de Vega, lay on his deathbed. His life passed before him like film. He had had great success and been showered with applause throughout his life. He had inspired people with more than a thousand plays. He had lived only for success–should he not be content at the end of such a successful life?
When his last hour drew near he suddenly saw things in a different light. But the doctor attending him said to him in surprise: “You can die happy. The world will not forget you. You will go down in history.”
“Doctor,” said the dying man, “I see it all now.
Before God only one with a good heart is great. How gladly would I now give all the praise I have had in my whole life if I could do one more good deed in exchange.”
When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.