From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris For September 9, 2018

I hope everyone took some time to reflect on the range possibilities included in the Church’s call for material support for divine worship, evangelization, and charity. There are indeed a great number of possibilities for improving our worship of God, for sharing the faith with others, and for serving those in need. Much of it, though, requires money.

The Church does not stipulate how much money or even a certain percentage because people find themselves in many different situations. Some people are doing quite well and can afford to give a great deal; others are on a small, fixed income; others have lost their job and have no money coming in; still others are at various points along the spectrum. There is not one rule that would fit all the circumstances, especially when you consider the breadth of the call that Jesus and the Church put before us.

A practical way to begin to think about how we are responding to God’s call is to take the Old Testament standard of ten percent of income. It is easy to get a benchmark from that. Take your yearly gross income and divide it by ten. Then, compare the result to the amount of money you have contributed to the Church through the regular Sunday collection, CSA, and other special collections. Chances are, people are going to be all over the board. Some will hit it square on, some will be higher, and some will be lower. Wherever you might fall, it is a good place to begin.

If you fall lower than the ten percent, it gives you a goal to shoot for. Let’s say all your support of the Church comes in at five percent. It becomes an opportunity to challenge yourself to rise up. It might be difficult; you will have to make many changes in your budget. For some it might approach the impossible: you are on a fixed income and between rent, food, and co-pays for medicine, there is almost no money left over.

Even so, it is an opportunity to examine how we are doing, and what we could be doing better. For those who have reached the ten percent or who go beyond it, it remains an opportunity to examine what more you could do for the Lord, for the Church, and for your neighbor. There is always something more to be done, for the worship of God and the care of the needy. What more could we do?

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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