“Praise the Lord by making generous offerings to him ... the first of your crops. Be cheerful with every gift you make, and when you pay your tithes, do it gladly. Give to the Most High as he has given to you, just as generously as you can. The Lord always repays and will do it many times over.” —Sirach 35: 10-13
Everything we have is a gift from God.
The basic principle of Christian stewardship—that everything we have is a gift from God. In gratitude for God’s generosity, we dedicate a portion of these gifts—our time, talent and money—to furthering God’s Kingdom.
Gratitude & Trust
If we truly believe that God gives us all that we have, gratitude is one response. Trust is another. When we realize that God has provided for us and will continue to do so, we recognize that our real security lies in God. Our God, who has given us all, will take care of our future.
“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” —Luke 12:34
What Is a Tithe?
Let us not forget that stewardship of finances is about a committed relationship with Jesus and allowing him a say in every part of our lives. Jesus gives everything for us. We see this in the Eucharist when we hear the words “This is my body, which will be given up for you.” And “This is the chalice of my blood…which will be poured out for you.” He then tells us to “Do this in memory of me.”
Giving God access to our whole lives includes our finances. That is why we take up a collection before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The offertory is brought up to the altar with the bread and the wine that will become the Body and Blood of Jesus, which we receive in Communion. Our weekly offertory given to God; the Son of God, given back to us. What an exchange!
I hope that you fall in love with the great gift of a relationship with Jesus and that you will commit yourself to the Lord as he commits himself to us. Let us make a gift of ourselves to God. Thank you!
Fr. Jim Baron