Dear Sacred Heart Family & Friends,
The common theme of Sunday’s readings is the futility of the greedy acquisition of wealth and power because everything and everyone is “here today and gone tomorrow.” Therefore, the meaning of life cannot be found in possessions but in the sharing of time, treasure and talents with the needy. The parable of the rich fool gives us a warning as well as an invitation. It reminds us that our possessions are merely lent to us by God, and that we are accountable for their use. We must be generous in sharing our time, our treasure, and our talents, the three elements of Christian stewardship. Every one of us is rich in one thing or another. The parable instructs us to share these gifts. Even if we are poor financially, we may be blessed with intelligence, good will, a sense of humor or the ability to encourage, inspire and support others. God expects us to give our thanks to Him for all these blessings by sharing them with others for His glory.
Giving God the first fruits of our labors, not the meager leftovers, is a traditional way of becoming “rich in what matters to God.” The Old Testament Scriptures are clear about tithing – 10% — and that’s the top 10%, not the last 10%. God never allows tithers to regret their generosity. Not only are tithers better off economically but also they feel a sense of personal satisfaction. Thank you Sacred Heart parishioners for your generous heart.
It is with heartfelt thanks that we acknowledge all who gave so generously of their time and talent for the beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving and reception for our new Bishop, Erik Pohlmeier. A special thanks to the Art & Environment team for the beautiful flowers, our Sacred Heart CCW, North Jax Deanery CCWs and Knights of Columbus for the beautiful Reception.
In Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Fr. James CMI