I read a devotional this morning that made me open my Bible to the book of Romans chapter 12 verses 6-8, the text says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
This text is laden with lessons and reminders, but one thing that really caught my attention is this line: “if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously”. This line speaks of a Christian duty that many of us forget about. So many of us have been blessed to live a comfortable life. Some of us are even living and enjoying a life of unprecedented abundance. With all the blessings bestowed upon our homes and families, how many of us actually perform our Christian duty to share the material gifts that we have with those who lack even the most basic necessities?
The Bible is filled with reminders, pleas for us to share what we have to others who are in need. We may say that we do not have much, but I believe that there is always something we can give. Remember the counsel of the wise King Solomon in Proverbs 28:27, “He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.”
In one of his recent homilies, Pope Francis also reminded us to spend our last days on earth serving the needy: Prepare For The Last Judgment By Serving The Poor.