“If you help a poor person in the name of the Lord, you are making a gift and at the same time granting a loan. You are making a gift because you have no expectation of being reimbursed by that poor person. You are granting a loan because the Lord will settle the account. It is not much that the Lord receives by means of the poor, but He will pay a great deal on their behalf. ‘They who are kind to the poor lend to the Lord’ [Prov. 19:17]” ~ St. Basil the Great.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son Of God, Have Mercy On Me. You are the Good Steward, who redeemed Adam and Eve of their failed stewardship by offering Yourself for the life of the world. You taught us in the feeding of the multitudes that whatever we give to God is returned to us multiplied. You praised the good and faithful servants in the parable of the talents who returned to the Master their gifts. Help us to become better stewards of all that we have been blessed with, and give thanks, praise and glory to You, together with Your Father, who is from everlasting and Your all holy good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and onto the ages of ages. Amen.