Give to the poor (Almsgiving)

 

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  Matthew 19:21

 

The last corporal work of mercy is giving alms to the poor. Money is another material thing that is necessary for our daily lives. It is something that many are in serious need of, while others can be too attached to having it in great quantities. Jesus asks us to give of what we have to give to those who have little. By doing this, not only are we helping those in need, we are practicing our own detachment from the material world and preparing for the true joys of eternal life.

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