Saint Luke 6:38
Brothers and Sisters,
Many of us were taught to work hard to earn a living and saved our pennies as well. Generally speaking, this is sage advice. I myself remember my grandfather instructing my parents, aunts and uncles, and even all of us grandchildren in the importance of working hard, being ambitious in our work, and ultimately saving money rather than splurging our income.
This, of course, is only the beginning for the Christian. Being responsible with one’s money (and other areas of one’s like) is necessary for Christians, but that isn’t ultimately the goal. Fiscal responsibility is a tool that the Christian uses to be able to be generous with Church and charity.
The psalmist writes that the righteous one “is gracious in lending to others,” and lavishly giving to the poor” (Psalms 112:5, 9). Here, now, we see the purpose, the utility of being miserly in saving up one’s money: the more simply we live, the greater ability we have to assist the poor, the Church, and Catholic charities, and religious orders of nuns. Of course, our cash is only one way in which we assist the poor, the Church, and charity. Our time is also something that we tithe in giving.
Treating ourselves to a fun dinner, a vacation, or luxuries of any kind may be something we can righty do in moderation. Refreshing our strength, recuperating our health, and recreation in general will help us be strong – this is a good thing. While we take care to not over-work ourselves to an unhealthy point, we ought to also be sure not to underwork our efforts for charitable giving and volunteering, assisting the Church with her ministries, and bringing the teaching of the Holy Faith to others in our lives.
The just one will be found to be “gracious, compassionate, and righteous (Psalms 112:4).
God be near, Father Jeremy Pastor