not the house of My Father a marketplace!”
the going price?
Lottery ticket: $5.00 - $20.00
Glass of beer: $7.00
Least Expensive Gallon of Gasoline: $3..25
Cup of Coffee at Dunkin' Donuts: $2.80 (Donut, add .99¢)
and you drop
into the basket at Church every week?
bet that you said
... 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 $500,000.00 mortgage,
while saving for the Caribbean cruise we take each year.”
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
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 contraception
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
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.
someone once say,
you give, it will be given back to you, in full
measure, shaken down and pouring over”?
was that ...? Confucius? Seneca? Lau Tzu? Trotsky? ... no
... wait ... Jesus Himself!
Following the Clue to
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.
... if you had wings you could fly. In fact, you do
— to the other side of the street whenever you spot a beggar.
now you are outraged. Right? Don’t take it up with us. Take
it up with God.
the One Who put it much more succinctly:
you give, it will be given back to you”.
Boston Catholic Journal