How much do you give?
How much do you give in proportion to what you have? Do you give more because you have plenty? Do you give less because you have little extra? Do you give more even when nothing is left? When God speaks of generosity, he means all. It’s a hard rule to obey and follow. If you’re a widow with 2 pesos left in your purse, and gave everything to the church, she gave all. As the old woman passes the basket during the offertory at Mass, you decided not to drop any because you didn’t have smaller bills. Does it justify to excuse yourself from giving for the reason that you are already involved to the service of the church?
“I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.”
~ Mark 12:43-44
In his reflection, Fr Chito Dimaranan SDB speaks of two types of a widow: a widow of the poorest and a widow rich in graces. Generosity is a virtue but giving what you don’t need to people who don’t need it either is not giving. In other words, don’t give your high-heel shoes that you no longer wear to victims of typhoon.
Balo ka ba na mayaman kahit mahirap?
It is easier to receive than to give.
“Where there is sin there is also the merciful Lord God who forgives if you go to Him.” ~ Pope Francis, 10 Nov 18