As faithful Catholics, we are secure in the promises of Christ. And we know that everything we have – all of it – is a gift from God. And we embrace the expectation that we give generously of our financial resources in proportion to what we have received. We do not give just to meet the basic needs or to simply pay the costs of maintaining the church building and a few staff.

We give out of gratitude to God. We understand the more our parish receives, the more we can do for the building up of God’s kingdom, the more we can do for the poor, the more we can offer to assist others in growing in their faith. No one is excluded from this. If someone has less, they give less. If someone has more, they give more. This offering, which we make at our Sunday Eucharist is a key part of our worship.

This gift we present becomes a joyful offering. One made with no reservations or regrets. We give freely and we give because all that we have is from the Lord. He asks for the first fruits of the abundance he has blessed upon us. So we present the gifts back to him, back to the source of all goodness. And we entrust our church in faithful stewardship to utilize our first fruits for the glory of God. From our hearts, we are cheerful givers.

 

What does the Bible say about giving?

• We give from our abundance…

Deut 14:22 - You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.”

 

• We give to honor God...

Proverbs 3: 9-10 - Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

 

• We give for his Church…

2 Chron 31:4-5 - And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.

 

• We give with contrite and pure hearts…

Mark 12:41-44 - And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”