From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris For September 16, 2018

I want to sum up these writings about tithing by returning to some of the reasons God has called us to it. It is a complex issue because each one of us is in a different situation. Incomes vary; expenses vary; prospects of income and expenses vary. In the Old Testament, God laid down a very simple rule: ten percent. Jesus, as He does with most everything, expands this with the dedication of our whole lives to God.

This call from God is part of our relationship with Him. As I mentioned early on, tithing is a sacrifice that we make of something that is dear to us. We all know how valuable money is (and not just in that actual dollar value). Having money gives us a sense of freedom because we are able to do more the more we have. Money also gives us a sense of security. If we have money, we can face accidents and catastrophe’s much more calmly. We would have the resources to solve the problems.

Tithing allows us to sacrifice these realities in some measure as a way of placing our trust more and more in God. He is the real source of our security and well-being. Also, God is the one who gives us true freedom, because freedom isn’t just about doing what I want when I want. True freedom comes from a life freely conformed to God, the one who made us and saves us.

Then there is the reality that the money we give is to go for the worship of God and works of charity. The public worship of God (the Mass, Sacraments, etc.) is a work larger than any one person. Added to that the importance of beautiful vestments, chalices, etc. that are worthy of God, divine worship requires all of our effort to give due honor and glory to our creator. Caring for the poor is very similar. While each of us needs to directly care for our neighbors, there are many issues that require the greater assistance and the input of many people.

No one likes talking about money; I certainly don’t. However, it is a topic that is an important part of our spiritual life. Money encompasses many areas of our lives, and tithing is a key way we turn those areas over to the Lord. Tithing is a practical way that we truly let the Lord be the Lord of our lives.

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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