1 Corinthians 9:7
Supporting Our Bishops and Priests…
Our bishops and priests are the frontline soldiers of Christ, and they need our support:
“Who ever serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating its produce? Or who shepherds a flock without using some of the milk from the flock?” -1 Corinthians 9:7, NAB
When we tithe, many do so out of obligation. They have been taught to give a certain percentage of their earnings, and they do exactly that. Others choose to tithe to give their money back to the One who blessed them with it in the first place. While both of those are great reasons, there is another reason to keep in mind: to support our bishops and priests who freely gave up many of the luxuries of this world so that they may be our shepherds. They depend on our support for their most basic needs. We provide their shelter, their food, the very basics of life. Our money even goes to help pay their expenses, such as for their car – the car they will use to come visit us in the hospital, teach at our schools, and bless our homes. It helps to pay for their books and education so that they may grow in knowledge – the knowledge they will share with us in a homily. The money even goes to help them serve the community – the community in which we live, and the help we will someday need.
Yes, we should tithe out of obligation to the commandments. Yes, we should give back a portion of what the Lord has blessed us with. But, we should also tithe to support those who have made the sacrifices to lead us in the ways of the Lord. When we do, we are sharing our love with them, just as they share their love with us.