Stewardship Homily October 8th, 2017

Oct 12, 2017

     I heard a humorous story about a family coming out of Mass.  The dad said to his wife, "Father's homily was not very good."  His wife agreed and added..."yeah, and the choir sang off key."  Their small son was listening to every complaining word his parents exchanged and then spoke up.  "It seemed ok to me," he said, "it only costs us a dollar."  Money is what most think of when it comes to stewardship, yet, as Roman Catholic Christians, we know that Stewardship also includes our time and talents.

     This Sunday, I am not asking only for your financial help.  I ask you first to consider tithing your time and talent.  I know you are busy, but try to look at it in a frest way.  Consider that each of us has the same number of hours in a week, 168.  Maybe 45, 55, or even 60 go for sleep.  Another 40 or more are spent on one's job.  That still leaves 70 hours.  You give one hour to God every Sunday Mass. Could you not give and additional hour in Eucharistic Adoration, or learning more  or learning more about the Faith by reading sacred Scripture, a Catholic Newspaper, or perhaps the lives of the saints, listening to Catholic radio, or watching EWTN.

     The talent of volunteering as so many of you did for our annual Fall Festival helped make it possible and an occasion of pride, as so many gave us compliments on how well they enjoyed us.  This true stewardship flows from the 5 Precepts of the Church.  Do you recall what they are?  These are obligations that every Catholic is required to act upon in order to be fully participating in the life and mission of our Faith. 

          1.  To attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, and resting from servile work on those days.

          2.  To observe the days of abstinence and fasting.

          3.  To confess our sins to a priest, at least once a year.

          4.  To receive Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at least once a year during the Easter Season.

          5.  To contribute to support the Church.

     With this fifth precept, we must realize that all we have, in the first place, comes from God.  The Scriptures remind us that God should receive the first portion back, or what is called the tithe or 10%.  For did you know that the word tithe actually means tenth?

     So how Scriptures refer to the importance of tithing for the believer you may wonder?  Twenty to be exact!  They are: 

         Gen14:19-  Gen28:20-22- Lev27:30-Numbers18:21-Numbers18:26-Deut12:5-6-Deut14:22-Deut14:28-29-2Chronicles31:4-5-Nehemiah10:35-37-Proverbs3:9-10-Amos4:4-5-Malichi3:8-9-Malichi3:10-12-Matthew6:1-4-Matthew23:23-Mark12:41-44-Luke11:42-Luke18:9-14-Hebrew7:1-2

     To read through all these references, we can clarify tithing was not something the people of Israel did in the same way we mindlessly toss a gratuity down with our bill at a restaurant.  It was an intentional practice through which God intended to teach Israel about His sovereign ownership of everything.  Instead of being consumers of their blessings they had.  Through the tithe Almighty God took care of His people who trust in Him to provide for all their needs.  For what we all have comes from God and what we do with it is our gift back to Him.  Let us not miss the opportunity to thank the Good Lord and trust Him more through His Divine Providence.  For none of us can outdo the generosity of Almighty God.  None of us!  Try it, you will see!!  If you do not at least try it, you will never know, will you?