God works behind world events to accomplish His plans. He invites the Jews to accept Jesus, the Chosen One. The Pharisees reject God’s plan for their lives and their country. What about us: are we open God, or do we have our minds made up? (19 Oct 2014)
“It’s not fair!” God gives more to some and less to others. But God is so generous that he offers Himself to every person. St. Paul has the right attitude: he gives generously as he has generously received. The Korean church was evangelized by Korean laymen who knew what their faith was worth. You have received the gift of faith; do you realize what it’s worth?
The disciples have just a few loaves and fish. It’s not enough to feed themselves, let alone a whole crowd. So often we come up short. We never seem to have enough time, money, or resources. Give the little you have to Jesus and He will bless it and multiply it. By yourself, you’ll never have enough. But you and Jesus — that’s more than enough.
Jesus has given us the light of faith so that we can share it with others. There are many ways to share, including giving money. Often we feel that we barely have enough for ourselves, and we cannot afford to share too much with others. The truth is that we if we have something, then we have something that we can share. In addition to money, one of our most precious commodities is time. Often we feel that we barely have enough time to get our own work done, and we cannot afford to stop and take time with others. The truth is that if we make time for others, our work somehow manages to get done.
Today we showed a video in church to start the Bishop’s Appeal [the “homily” here is the audio version distributed to parishes]. Last year we raised over $5 million to support all kinds of ministries: Catholic Charities, our summer camp, the Department of Education, and many other things. Thank you in advance for your generosity. For more information visit CatholicFoundationGB.org
Generous giving means that we put God first, we plan our giving, and we give proportionally. The Devil uses selfishness to keep us trapped. Habits of generosity make us people of generous hearts, and set us free from the Money Trap.
God is life. We creatures are meant to accept the Lordship of Christ so that we can be fully alive. We also have a mission: to bring others to Jesus, and to bring Jesus to others. Every baptized-and-confirmed Catholic shares in this mission. Fortunately, Jesus has given us gifts to use for the mission. Ask God to show you your gifts so you can use them for others.
The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge reminds us not to depend on the things of this world. This world sees hunger and poverty as the biggest problems, but God sees that selfishness is the real problem. The poor and needy are not an inconvenience but an opportunity — they help us cross the bridge from the side of selfishness to the side of selflessness. Mr. Leo Frigo shows us the way.
Everything we have and everything we own really belongs to God. We are not owners but stewards. God has entrusted us with our lives, our stuff, our time, and our family members. Want to make God our master proud? Squander His wealth on the needy and the poor. A wise steward is one who knows how to use his mammon to serve his Master.