not the house of My Father a marketplace!”
the going price?
ticket: $5.00 - $20.00
Gallon of Gasoline: $3.75
Coffee at Dunkin' Donuts: $2.80 (Donut, add .99¢)
... and you
into the basket at Church every week?
I'll bet that
“passing the buck”!
... which of the below is your excuse for
giving as little as possible:
The Lame Litany:
on a fixed income — even when I go to my winter
condo in Florida every winter. But don't tell my
hairdresser who would probably slap me if I
gave her a one dollar tip for my $55.00 sitting.”
have children — and they need $60.00 X-box games”
have grandchildren — and they need $59.00 X-box
married — and carrying a $300,000.00 mortgage,
while saving for the Caribbean cruise we take each
not married — single income, and I need my
nails done this week which will set me back $16.00
... not including the $3.00 tip!”
not working — and have just enough for my beer,
salsa, and chips every night as I watch the game on
my 70" flat-screen television”
give annually — five dollars.”
already gave once — two years ago!”
If your Church Grounds Routinely Become a Flea
Market or a Yard Sale to Make Ends Meet
you warm in the winter
to keep you cool in the summer
to hire a custodian to clean up after you
to pay electric bills so you can see the Missal you
don't look at anyway
to Baptize your children — if you don’t use
to bury your parents (who didn't use contraception)
to hire a
of Religious Education”
(DRE) who has no real interest in directing
the religious education of your children according
to genuine Catholic doctrine
— but who is obsessed with gender, social
justice, and contempt for a
to pay for a music
(Choir Director) who can really
emulate "Peter, Paul and Mary”
(not of the gospels, but of the folk music scene of
the 60's and 70's — although that music genre
expired decades ago except in the Catholic Church
... the last redoubt of the Age of Aquarius)
and to contribute to all the
that make a living off the Church and the Gospel and
who drain the basket with a good deal of redundant
Sluggards aside (and there are many), the reality
remains that there
are expenses to be met — which your one
dollar bill will not cover. In fact, it's
even too small to cover the shame on your face that you
should feel ... and the shameful example you are
setting for your children.
Didn’t someone once say,
you give, it will be given back to you, in
full measure, shaken down and
Who was that ...? Confucius? Seneca? Lau Tzu? Trotsky?
... no ...
wait ... Jesus Himself!
Clue to the Conclusion
money-changers and dove-sellers in Jesus’ Father’s House
were working at the wrong Place at the wrong time.
Presumably, however, they gave you your money’s worth.
But you are cheating the Church, and in cheating the
Church you are cheating God. The money-changers whom
Jesus drove out were clueless. You have every clue. But
you are worse, for you cannot follow the clue to the
conclusion that you are cheap. Other euphemisms and
excuses that you hide behind will not do.
cheap!” ... if you had wings you could fly. In
fact, you do — to the other side of the street whenever
you spot a beggar.
And now you
are outraged. Right? Don’t take it up with us. Take it up
He’s the One
Who put it much more succinctly:
you give, it will be given back to you”.
Think on it.
Boston Catholic Journal