It’s easy to love our friends. But God asks for more. The Gospel proclaims the two great commandments: To love God and to love others as we love ourselves. Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan shows that our neighbors are not limited to those we know or admire. They include those we don’t know or necessarily admire. For decades Stewardship of Time, Talent, Treasure (the hallmark of our parish) has been St. Amelia’s favored means to demonstrate that love.
Prior to Commitment Weekend, October 23-24, think prayerfully about the needs of the parish and other religious and nonprofit agencies. It takes many donors to meet both the obvious and less evident expenses of a large faith community. If we can can afford to give liberally, are we willing and ready to do so? Many of us are struggling on fixed incomes. God knows of these differing circumstances. Who among us will help offset this disparity?
Generous giving doesn’t always mean giving large sums. Generous giving means giving with a large heart according to our means. Many parishioners tithe, giving ten percent of their income to help those in need. They donate about half the total to St. Amelia Church. Tithing may work for you.
Identify who and what you love. You’ll be happier because you know yourself better. And you may know God better.
Thank you & God Bless!