All the believers were together and had everything in common.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
During Lent this year, many of our parishioners and their children made those in need the focus of their efforts. We provided little cardboard banks where change and any other “shareable” cash could be stored. Adults gave up their coffee while the kids did extra chores. They all filled their banks with the money saved or earned. By the week after Easter, we had hundreds of banks to open which resulted in thirteen large plastic containers filled with coins. Fortunately, many of our adult participants inserted paper money into their banks which lightened the load for those of us who made trips to the bank with this treasure. My husband and I coordinate this effort and every year the generosity of our parish families takes our breath away. The truth is that this phenomenon is repeated whenever we bring the needs of others to our people.
During our last trip to the bank with a load of change, it occurred to me that the capacity for generosity lies deep within each one of us. When we encounter a good cause, most of us are hard-pressed to ignore it. Our parish families seem to plan ahead for those cardboard banks because every year the total collected increases. Perhaps they budget ahead of time to be certain they can support this cause. Though I have no business advising anyone else regarding budget management, I’ve decided that a line item for giving is a great idea. What better way is there to secure a handsome return -of joy, that is!
Loving God, help us to love one another with our hearts and our treasure.
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