It is a reality that a church cannot function and carry out its mission effectively without funds. Various kinds of bills need to be paid; salaries of workers need to be paid, since most parishes employ people to take care of various tasks such as office administration, gardening and cleaning, etc.; works of charity and providing help to the poor; the list of expenses could go on and accumulate to a sizeable amount. Such funds come from the offerings of the faithful and from generous donors. The question is: how many of the faithful are generous in their offerings? Are some able to offer more, but they seem to hold back for some reason or another? Are some expecting to see tangible results on what they have offered, or are they willing to offer generously without any terms and conditions?
In today's reading, we are reminded "Honour the Lord with generosity, do
not stint the first-fruits you bring. Add a smiling face to all your
gifts, and be cheerful as you dedicate your tithes. Give to the Most
High as he has given to you, generously as your means can afford; for
the Lord is a good rewarder, he will reward you seven times over." God's generosity knows no limits and He has been generous to us in many ways. Are we just as generous in return? May we "give to the Most
High as he has given to you, generously as your means can afford", and be grateful and joyful for His abundant love and care.