Sunday, October 16


Mother Church, Plumber

I'm at home now, back in north Florida among the red hills and the Spanish moss. Today's homily at the co-Cathedral was about Caesar, God and stewardship. Monsignor started out with a little anecdote about a priest who preached on the subject of God's free grace, and was asked by a parishioner afterwards how it was, then, that if grace was free, that we had to tithe? His response was to point over to a lake that lay just across the road from the church. "You see that pond there? The water's free; you can go in and bathe in it, drink it, do whatever you want with it, and it's free. But if you want it in your house, you've got to pay for the plumbing."

It's an analogy, yes, but it's not such a bad one when you sit down and think about the sacramental conduit that the Church is in all our lives. Render to God what is God's.

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