ST. MARTIN OF TOURS WAS A SOLDIER IN THE ROMAN ARMY.
ONE DAY, DURING A SEVERE WINTER, HE MET A POOR MAN WHO WAS BEGGING OUTSIDE THE PALACE. THE MAN WAS ALMOST NAKED AND WAS TREMBLING WITH COLD.
Martin has covered me with his garment.
ST. MARTIN WANTED TO HELP THE MAN, BUT HAD NOTHING WITH HIM.
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of my brothers, you did it to me.’
SO HE DREW HIS SWORD AND CUT HIS ARMY CLOAK IN TWO, WRAPPING HIMSELF IN WHAT WAS LEFT AND GIVING THE BEGGAR THE OTHER HALF.
That night, Martin had a dream in which he saw Jesus himself dressed in the half of his cloak that he had cut. . “Martin has covered me with his garment,” he heard Jesus say.
'I was naked and you clothed me'. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you naked and clothe you?'. And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of my brothers, you did it to me.’