Anthony Bantu put away his mother’s book of accounts on tithing in a drawer of his desk next to the Bible. He would show it to his friends and hundreds of thousands of people in his workshops where he presented his conferences and testimonies of faith.
This faithful and fervent Christian says he owes it all to the fact that his mother practiced tithing; her devotion to this norm marked the direction of his life.
”Whoever sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). The most common complaint about tithing is the high cost of living, and many people use this excuse so as not to tithe. But the truth is that it’s more costly to live if you don’t give back. God expects that we be generous in sharing a little bit of the much that he gives us, not just in noble causes but first comes our offering to God, that is tithing.
My offering is more than an amount or cash, check or electronic transfer or credit card. It’s my contribution to the needs and services of the Parish; for the education, formation, attention to the most needy and the evangelization of the community.
One day the pastor of the Church asked all its members of the community to tithe. It seemed impossible that a widow could do it; and nevertheless, she was the first to take her offering of $10.00, which was more than half of what the rich members within the church had offered.
The story of Ananias and Sapphira is an example of the high cost of not tithing. (Acts 5, 1-12) They sold some property and could have tithed, “but they subtracted part of the value” and together decided to be selfish and lied and said they couldn’t help the needy…Ananias and Sapphira were not honest with God. It is cheaper to give than to selfishly hide the blessings from God.
Our stewardship program is based on our Sunday offerings; it is our offering to God, who is always generous with all. It is giving a little of the much that he gives us. It is contributing to the programs, projects, needs, formation and maintenance of the buildings of the Parish. It is a must that all Catholics tithe to their church in gratefulness to God.
Remember that what we give to God, God multiplies one hundred to one. Make your commitment today, fill out the Stewardship card today and God bless you and reward your generosity.
Blessings to you, your family and work!
Rev. Wilson Cuevas, Pastor