A blog by Sacred Heart of Jesus
Not only are our Diocesan priests like Fr. Micheal and Fr. White called to give, but so are those living in religious orders, as well as seminarians undergoing faith formation. People who have dedicated their lives to the Church, are still called to give to it. And you and I are called to do the same.
We’ve all heard about “tithing” in our religious life, but where does this teaching come from? And what are the recommendations for how often, or even how much to give?
The practice of charitable giving, allows us to conform ourselves more fully to Christ. Christ selflessly gave of himself to us, to the point of death. By practicing tithing, we experience our own selfless giving, a giving that can be felt and that in turn allows us to selfless and suffer in a measure of the way Christ did.
At Mass, an offering is made in preparation for the sacrifice to be made on the altar. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the greatest sacrifice - JESUS - is offered for us. As bread and wine are presented as the “work of human hands,” we present ourselves as an offering of surrender. We tangibly give alms to the collection as an expression of this surrender, this symbolic offering of our lives. In this moment, we unite the sacrifices of our lives to the sacrifice of Jesus’ life. We lay the gift of “God’s creations,” as well as the gift of our lives on the altar. And we don’t just do this for ourselves...we do this for the good of all. This very act of giving is an act of worship. There is no greater gift!