3 Ways to Give Back to the Faith
The tradition of giving back to God a part of what he has given to us goes back to the beginning of time. We see this in the Bible as far back as Genesis, when Cain and Abel each offer a portion of the fruit of their labor to God (Genesis 4:3-4). Giving back is not meant to deprive us or punish us in any way. Rather, it is meant to acknowledge that everything we have is a blessing from God. Nothing comes exclusively from us or from our merits—everything we receive has its roots in God’s goodness. When we give back, we show our thanks to God and provide the support that is necessary to sustain his Body, the Church. The fruits of selfless giving are evident in the Acts of the Apostles: “There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need” (Acts 4:34-35).
There are three main ways we can give to the Church, depending on the resources and abilities with which we have been blessed: by giving our time, talent, and treasure.
We have 168 hours to work with every week—and every one of those hours is a gift that God has given us. Though it is not possible for everyone to do, we can make a gift of some of that time by volunteering and praying for the needs of the Church. If you can spare some time, try asking your pastor how you can help out in your parish.
As individual members of the Body of Christ, we each have unique talents that give us a special role in the Church. Your talents are a gift that you are meant to share. What better way to use them than for the glory of God? If you have musical talent, join your parish choir. If you have a knack for making people feel welcome, sign up to greet parishioners before Mass. No matter your talent, there is a way you can use it to give back to the Church.
As you know, it costs money for the Church to operate and provide services. Historically, members of the Church have helped to supply its financial needs using their own income. If you are able, you can give back some of your material goods to help the Church carry out its work. This weekend, we are asking for your help at our annual Telethon so that we can continue spreading the Gospel through the medium of television. Tune in on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 for our 28th Telethon to learn about our ministry, see clips of shows, and watch beautiful musical performances. We are so grateful for any support you are able to provide during the Telethon.