St. Leo the Great
We learn the lesson in verse nine that material possessions should be used to cement friendships. This is where the real and permanent value of life exists. The rabbis had a saying, “The rich help the poor in this world, but the poor help the rich in the world to come.” There was a Jewish belief that charity given to poor people would stand to a person’s credit in the world to come. A person’s true wealth would not be in what was kept, but in what was given away.