“I Give Away Half My Income”

November 17 “I Give Away Over Half My Income” Luke 19:1-10 St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

“Master, I give away half my income to the poor–and if I am caught cheating I pay four times the damages.” Luke 19: 9. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus and his response was to share his wealth. I have been told that I am an idealist, but the reality is if each of us would share half of what we have–there would be no hunger. In San Francisco, if each person would share half their wealth–the physical needs of all would be taken care. of. We are like children asking our political parents to take care of us and to provide for our needs, but the reality is we need to grow up and take care of ourselves and in so doing all are provided for. Maturity is being willing to give, to share, to love others.

James Alison says, “The One who is coming will not preside over us, but will teach us to want peace from within, and to learn habits that make it possible. The One who loves us will come as one we despise and crucify: The definitive puncturing of our god fantasies, and yet the Presence of one who is powerfully determined not to let us remain wedded to our self destruction.” Christ does not want us wedded in our habits of self-destruction, and like our parents, he gives us the choice to grow up and mature into his sons and daughters. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

In our churches, ministers often speak about the tragedy of loving things and using people, when we must instead love people and use things. After the services, people eat meals in which animals have become things to be used, not loved. This action, ritually repeated, propels us into using people just as we use animals—as things.

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