I have already shared that during all these years of priesthood that I had thought that it wasn’t my obligation to give my contribution to the parish on Sundays, and I based it on this reflection: I serve the Lord, and that is enough; I don't need to give money every Sunday in the collection. But now I understand that I was wrong, because while it is true that I have no obligation to give money to the parish, it’s a matter of conscience-- return to God something of how much he gives me. During my priest formation I never spoke about the importance of tithing, in my family I learned to give alms; i.e. anything that was insignificant for the parish and for me.
Why am I talking about tithing? What is it that has made me change? The grace of God, the generosity of all of you in the Sunday collection, and the reflection that Laura López shared with us about the importance of tithing when we spoke about stewardship. I regret not understanding before that tithing benefits my life and the lives of others. As I’m writing this, I feel somewhat embarrassed? What are all you going to think of Father Marco? But you are my family, spiritual, and for this reason, I share with all you this reality of my personal life
What does the Bible teach us about tithing? “For you reap whatever you sow” (Gal 6,7), you cannot expect to reap what is not sown; "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Prov 11: 25); but there is a text that tells us what we should give, not what you want: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Ml 3, 10).
Have you thought about the progress that we would accomplish with our parish if everyone offers their tithing? I've decided to do so from today forward until the end of my life, and I have faith in God that you will also do the same.
God bless you for all the good that you do.
Fr. Marco Lopez