“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” Mark 9:41 .

“Imagine a carpenter with the crudest of tools. It takes him many days to make a simple table; and the quality is so low that the price he obtains for it is poor. He has a choice: either he can spend all the money he earns on food and drink, or he can set money aside, even if it means going hungry, to buy better tools. If he does the latter, then he will be making good tables much more quickly, so his earnings will quickly rise. This choice is analogous to a spiritual choice that each one of us must make. Either we can spend for our own pleasure all the wealth we possess or we can set aside part of our wealth to give to others. If we do the latter, then we may sacrifice a few, immediate, earthly pleasures; but the joy we earn for ourselves in heaven far surpasses the pleasure we have lost on earth. Every act of charity on earth is an investment in heaven” St John Chrysostom