Sharing a Cloak with Christ

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the memorial of Martin of Tours – convert to Christianity, conscientious objector, monk and bishop. Martin was one of the first be named a saint who was not a martyr.

Legend has it that while still a catechumen (before he was baptized), Martin met a poor man who was begging at the city gate on a bitterly cold day. Seeing the naked, trembling man, Martin was moved with compassion. Having nothing on him but his sword and the clothes on his back. he cut his cloak into two pieces, giving half to the poor man and wrapping himself in the other half. He must have been a sight, and it is said that many laughed at his appearance.

Martin saw Jesus in a dream that evening. Jesus was wearing the garment half Martin had given away and Martin heard him say, “Martin, still a catechumen, has covered me with his garment.”

Martin heard Jesus say, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” May we do no less.