My dear Friends,
$teward$hip $unday! Today I am asking you to make a financial pledge to your church. Choose today the amount you will put in your weekly donation envelope.
Tithing, giving 10% is often held up as the biblical directive – which it is, but that directive is in the Hebrew scriptures and not in the Christian scriptures! What an amazing church we would be if all of us gave ten percent of our incomes? Our outreach programs would be the envy of the valley!
But there is a downside to tithing. The one who gives 10% can smugly look at what is left, the 90%, as theirs – just for them! They can argue that they have given God his 10% and now they can do what they like with the rest! This is hardly the desirable Christian ideal.
There is no record of Jesus recommending tithing. There are many records of him calling us to generosity. In fact he calls us to be giving in every aspect of our lives. Discipleship is a call to generosity in Time, Talent and Treasure.
Another fact about tithing is this: 10% to a person making minimum wage would be a huge donation; 10% to a rich person could be seen as small change!
I hope you are aware that your parish tithes. Our tithing committee gives 10% of your donation dollar to many of the poorest of the poor in Haiti, Kenya as well as helping many causes here in our own country. You share in those good works when you support your beautiful parish.
So, to the bottom line – how much will you give your parish weekly? Make it significant. It’s a gift, your gift to God. Make it generous. Make it a sacrifice. And if it hurts a little then remember, you have likely picked the right number, your generosity is meant to be a sacrifice.
God bless you and thank you,
P.S. Thanksgiving is coming. If you will be alone that day, call me and join me in the rectory for a Thanksgiving feast.
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