The Pastor's Corner (May 19, 2023)

The Pastor's Corner

by Fr. Bob Hoffman


God has given us so many gifts. In fact, everything that we have is, in some way, a gift from God. These gifts that we have been given are not given to us so that we can hoard them. Instead, they are intended for us to share. 

Some of our gifts are returned to God. That is what tithing is all about. It is also part of the theology of the Catholic Eucharist. Much like the loaves and fish that are given to Jesus and then returned multiplied many times over, Catholics offer simple unleavened bread and wine to God. And God gives it back to us transformed. In much the same way, we are called to offer our very selves in service to God. But we know that God then takes those offerings and returns them to us as something so much more.

Our gifts are also meant to be shared with our neighbor. Our talents are meant to be used in the service of others and society. Our surplus is meant to be shared as a help to those in need. 

You have been given a gift in the form of education for your children at Epiphany. It is a gift that is given to you such that the tuition does not even have to cost you anything (thanks to the availability of state scholarships). But it is a gift that is meant to be shared.

So, share it with others. Tell at least ten other people about it (and about the free tuition with the state scholarships), whether they are parents of school-aged children or not. Help get the word out. Share this gift with others.