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I have neither silver nor gold but what I do have I give you…

Many of us think that just because we don’t have enough financial resources to donate to the church and fund various parish ministries, we can’t make a huge difference, much less get the attention of the Pastor. But, quite frankly, to diligently raise a family is heroic. Doing it religiously is a phenomenal contribution to society at large and the best legacy an individual can leave to the younger generation.

Instead, what we often do is wait until we hit the jackpot price in the power ball before generously giving half of our fortune to the church. And yet, it’s a pity that we can easily afford to shop for a $10 clothing but refuse to hand out a dime to a beggar in the street. Making a difference isn’t actually hard. It’s a matter of conviction and clarity of vision. Consider Peter, in the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles when he said the following words out loud, “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk (Acts 3:6).”  He articulately demonstrated the power to heal a crippled man in the name of Jesus and not through monetary means. By the example Peter showed, we have lots of hope to provide healing and comfort to the marginal and to carry out the mission the Apostles left for us to do. Amen.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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