I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was naked and you covered me: I was in prison and you came to me, sick and you visited me. Lord when did we see you hungry, thirsty, sick and we aided thee? As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:35-40)
Christ, therefore, is present in suffering. It is he who receives our attention, our generosity, our charity, who implores it. . .It will be he who will reward it, and will reward it with a kingdom, not a human, fleeting one, but one prepared by God. From this presence of Christ in a brother who suffers, is born for each of us, the duty to bring relief for suffering. We cannot offer Christ the crumbs which fall from the table of one who is satiated. The crumbs, in the words of the Gospel, are for the dogs. But when he who hungers is Christ, when the homeless one is Christ, what would we not do for him, and what can ever be worthy of him no matter what we do?
– Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro