@ Dorothy and @ TMC :
Sorry - I didn’t see your posts at the time that I was writing mine. I appear to be echoing some of your sentiments. - Glad to see my thinking isn’t isolated.
@ Elena321 :
Hi. There is another verse which your dad may have had in mind. It is found in the Gospel of Mark (and a verse quite similar in Chapter 19 of the Gospel of Matthew) :
Mark 10 :29-30 ; NAB
Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
The Catholic view about giving money to God/the Church, and questions surrounding it, are often tied in to the concept of tithing. Tithing stops short of giving away everything we have and instead, recommends we give back 10% of our earnings.
The Catholic Church does not say we are obliged to give 10% of our earnings/belongings to God. However, we are obliged to help- according to our means . The *Catechism of the Catholic Church * # 2043 says that
". . . The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his own abilities.
Two links to articles pertaining to this. The first article from the Arlington Catholic Herald traces the custom of tithing from its Judaic roots. The second is a briefer Catholic Answers tract.
Straight Answers ; Are We Required to Tithe ; Fr. William Saunders
What is the Church’s Position on Tithing ? , Catholic Answers
All that considered, I believe we have to try to not lose sight of the generosity which Jesus tries to gently aim us towards - demonstrated in you quote from Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Luke.
The quote above in this post from Chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark , comes almost directly after Jesus asked the rich young man to take up the challenge: “Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
That’s a more difficult one. My own personal limited opinion on this (I’m open to correction) is that once the possessions were gone, Jesus would have had the man give of himself. This is what we are all ultimately called to do - to give of ourselves in some way. It is possible that the young man’s great wealth was impeding him from giving of himself. Also, when we provide for the material needs of the Church , we are helping to support those ministers who give of themselves. OTOH if we are called to give of ourselves by starting/supporting a family, a certain amount of wealth/riches/possessions are necessary for financial stability.
The rich young man narrative continues and concludes with the words , “At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”
We might glean from that last part that many possessions (or an overabundance of possessions) will not make us happy.
So the Catechism says to try and help support the material needs of the Church according to our ability.
Exactly how or how much, then becomes a personal matter. The key would appear to be remaining open to sharing.