Stewardship of Treasure
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Matthew 6:21
Why do we share our TREASURE?
Christian discipleship requires that we put Christ first in every aspect of our lives, including our finances. Are you grateful to God that you are employed? Do you recognize the blessings the Lord has bestowed on you financially? How will you commit to giving back to the Lord a portion of your income? As you discern the amount of your gift, remember that God calls us to give from our “first fruits,” not from our leftovers. Ask for the grace to put God first in your finances.
At St. Michael, we give to God according to the scriptural “tithe”, which literally means 10% of one’s harvest or income. Why should we determine the amount of our gift based on a percentage of income. We give the tithe because it is a scriptural benchmark that has been honored since the early Church (see Malachi 3:10).
Each family is encouraged to break up the tithe as follows:
5% to God through the parish offertory
1% to the diocese
4% to other charitable causes
If you’re unable to give the full biblical tithe right now, assess what percentage you can
give, and then move up by 1% or 2% increments each year until you can reach the full 10%.
If you know you should increase your level of giving, but find it difficult to do so, challenge yourself: “How much do I spend every month on entertainment and eating out? Does my spending reflect the priority of God in my life?”
GRATITUDE is the fundamental reason to GIVE
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything he has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. - Thomas Merton