Return to the Lord with increase
Through our Baptism, we have been entrusted with the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus instructs us to give generously of our treasure to help carry out that mission. Our financial giving should be prayerfully planned, intentionally scheduled, and proportionate to our income.
We are called to return the first portion of all God has given us. But what is that portion? Many Catholics tithe—or give 10% of their total income—in grateful return for God’s gifts. Some give more. Regardless of your current giving level, why not “take a step?” If you are currently giving 5%, increase to 6%. If you’re giving 1%, start giving 2%. If you aren’t currently in the habit of regular giving, plan to start. And remember, you can’t out give God!
“He said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.’” - Luke 21:3-4