For Christians who are committed to doing the work of the Lord, brining money to the altar is a beautiful and symbolic in this time as it once was for the early Christians to bring their grans and produce to the altar. Money is the fruit of our labor in a commercial society just as bread and wine was the fruit of the labor of an individual in an agrarian society.
As Christians, we cannot lightly excuse ourselves from sharing our treasure with the Church. Remember that Jesus praised the mite given by the poor widow, saying, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money from their surplus, but she, from her poverty, has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on” (Mark 12:43-44).
Jesus did not tell the widow that she was excused from giving. Instead, he made her giving an example, thus challenging all of us to give from our hearts not from our surplus.
A Catholic family – father, mother, and an adolescent daughter, is very conscientious about living a stewardship life. The adolescent daughter earns money by babysitting. When she receives thirty dollars for an evening work, she immediately places five dollars in her Sunday collection envelope. When asked why she was doing it, she replied: “Before I babysit, I have no money. After I babysit, I have thirty dollars. Even after I give five dollars back to God, I still have twenty five dollars I didn’t have before. I just choose to put God first when I decide how to spend my money.” What a magnificent stewardship testimonial from this young lady!
Only by giving back to God do we realize our full potential. Only by giving back to God do we experience a greater sense of peace and joy in our lives.