Our own need to be Christian should not end with the tithe; it should begin with it. Because God’s favor turns to many things, and usually we are blessed in direct proportion to the difficult jobs God has given to us. But while God’s love may be easy for us, it almost never is. Ours are the hands that do His jobs daily and much needs doing. Ours are the hearts that show God’s love to those who have not learned to understand it. And ours are the shoulders people cry on when they need God’s love.
To be a Christian is simple, but sometimes so difficult. However, it becomes less difficult once we’ve committed ourselves to God’s service. And tithing is a form of commitment. Even people who are difficult to like become easier to know and love once we look for God in the people around us. This is our most important commitment. However, we must follow that commitment of resources with a commitment of our lives, although this may not happen consciously. The beauty of tithing is that we may only know that our hearts are warmed to more of the people we meet, and that somehow the grace of God seems very close.
"Carry one another’s burdens," God said, and what else is it when we support the church that does God’s work, and when we tend a sick child, or serve the kind of dinner that makes a family happy? These little ways are the real ways to happiness- and to God. We shouldn’t wait for God at the end of a rainbow or the end of our lives, as God is here with us…God’s here with us now as we stir the oatmeal on rainy mornings. God is with us when we pass around the popcorn on the cold nights and the drowsy children sit before the crackling fire.
God blesses us with the warmth of love, too, when we receive it from those around us, and this can be the real joy of the human heart. In direct proportion to the service we give humankind, we will receive the here and now reward of God’s love, as it reflects from the hearts of the everyday people we know. The grocer may not look like Christ, but his smile on a chilly morning gives us a good start to the day. The baby may not look like the Christ-child as it spits up on your shoulder, but home life centers in this littlest of the people of God. From the grocer, to the baby, to the doctor, to the mechanic who fixed the broken down car, all can be a part of Christianity and what it means to us.
The world can become a many-mirrored world where love multiplies and where it flits from one heart to the other from here to the ends of the earth. That’s what Christianity ought to be. Whether it is, of course, will depend upon just when we get around to starting this miracle for ourselves. Remember, it begins with a commitment, and a good commitment is the tithe!
Blessings of Peace, Joy, and Love~
Fr. Brian J. Roby
THEOLOGY ON TAP
Calling young adults ages 18-40! Theology on Tap in the Diocese of Owensboro is back and will take place on May 2, May 9 and May 16 at Fetta on St. Ann St. The event includes an opportunity to have dinner and socialize with other young adults in our area. No RSVP is necessary, but to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or join Facebook group "Owensboro Catholic Young Adult Group"
BBQ FESTIVAL - MAY 13-14
This is a BIG fundraiser for the parish requiring lots of help. If you are interested in helping
cook burgoo, contact John Rudy at (270) 993-9997,
cook meat, contact Bruce Tucker at (270) 771-0095,
helping Parent Tuition Supplement sell sandwiches, contact Rhonda Logsdon at (270) 929-1800 or Kristen Powers at (270) 314-332
helping the Picnic Committee sell Raffle tickets, contact Chrissy Axley at (270) 314-6403
SHOE COLLECTION FOR JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
We are still collecting shoes for the Water Step program. Water Step will take the shoes and sell them to raise money for the water projects. There is a donation box at each of the entrances of the church. Please place the shoes in one of the boxes and help some of the poorest countries in the world and cities across the United States have access to something we take for granted - clean drinking water.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Today's reading from Revelation offers a vision of the City of God, the new Jerusalem. "But," the bishops' pastoral on stewardship reminds us, 'that 'life to come' is in continuity with this present life through the human goods, the worthy human purposes, which people foster now."
Readings for next weekend will be
Acts 7:55-60 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 John 17:20-26
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.