Category Archives: Wise (and Godly) Giving

St. John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Matthew 25

Andrew Abdalla, a supporter from the UK, sent the below email to his personal network. There there are still a few days before the end of the 2011 tax year for those in North America. There is also still about a week before Old Julian Calendar Christmas, which the Coptic Church celebrates everywhere. So this is still very timely.  

Matthew 25:31-40

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holyangels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Continue reading

How to Pray in Faith (From St. Basil the Great)

A story that Nermien Riad recently told at the Newark’Feast or Famine’ event features a widow who slept on a piece of cardboard over her concrete floor. When her Coptic Orphans Rep came one day excited to tell her that we had gotten a mattress for her, she responded: “no, no. I have no need, thank God. Give this to someone who needs it more.” Basil has many words on how relative “surplus” is, and how God honors giving in faith when we’re at the end of our means.

Of course, this isn’t a formula for Divine cash withdrawals. Basil wants us to pray with childlike trust in God, open to however He wants to act. But one thing is certain: we can trust Our Father to take care of us–and His Divine Honor– very well.

Selection below from Basil’s sermon “In Time of Famine and Drought,” in the book On Social Justice, published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press.

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