Acts 4: One Heart and Mind

Acts 4:32-35   The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.

Oh My Goodness! Look at the example of the disciples. They heard the good news of Jesus’s resurrection. They believed and trusted. When they encountered the promises of the resurrection, they willingly sold assets and gave for the common good of all. What a great demonstration of detachment from material goods. They gave and trusted that God would provide for them. What a wonderful show of care for others more than for oneself. They were not coerced. In their joy of the good news of the resurrection, they couldn’t help it. They were more concerned with providing for the needs of the community than in their own financial comfort. That is a radical departure from common economic practice then and now. What might our community be, what would our world look like if we all lived by such radical faith?!


As stewards, we embrace the truth that It’s Not Mine. Everything is a gift from God. Every moment of time, every ounce of talent, and every dime of treasure we have is because God gives them to us. We are to receive them gratefully, develop and manage them well, and use them for the good of all. We are to return them with increase to the Lord.

How do you decide how much to give, and to whom? Look for charities that serve the poor and most vulnerable amongst us by feeding, clothing, housing, educating, and helping them.

           Give because It’s Not Your Money.

           Give in service to those most in need.

           Give because it is who you are as a Catholic Christian. 


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