Fr. Allen On Giving
Giving should be joyful. Giving arises from knowing that we are blessed with substance to some degree, and that realization leads to gratitude when God is recognized as the source of all good things.
Thus, in faith, everything we have is from the hand of God. But living in that truth may be easier said than done! Because we work, it’s logical to think we’ve earned what we have and it is rightfully ours. This isn’t entirely wrong, of course; that is, until our livelihood become detached from the faithful reality that everything—our very breath—comes from God, from whom all blessings flow. Our ability to live and breathe is not self-produced. It is God who makes, us, loves us, and keeps us. In the burial service, we say, “Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s possession.” We do well to carry these words throughout “our earthly pilgrimage.”
I think giving joyfully is just about impossible without faith. For it is only through belief in the Lord who “came that we may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b), that we enjoy blessed assurance of God’s providential care and the freedom to share out of that which we receive. With faith, joyful giving is not only possible, it serves to grow our faith. For in giving, we trust God with all that we are and have, and gratitude becomes us with no small measure of joy.
May the abundance of your life increase as you give charitably. Give until it feels good. God bless you!
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