St. Michael's Parish - Cobourg

A Tip for God!                                                                        -Sept. 13, 2015 -Homily from the summer

 

I have a tip for God!  Do you have a tip for God?  I would not dare to be speaking of some advice or a correction or even a suggestion. I am speaking of the “Tip” as a gratuity, a thank you.  When at a restaurant, and it comes time to pay the bill we are faced with a decision, How much to tip?  Do I tip 15% or 10% or less, or perhaps not at all.  Unless we are trying to impress someone with our generosity, the decision with regard to a tip is usually based on how well, we think, we have been served. 

 

So how well has God done?  How much of a tip do we give to God? How much am I already giving?  Do I give?  How do I give?  To help, consider this “giving to God” let us look at something we can measure, our week.  We all know there are 7 days in a week and 24 hours in a day.  This means that in a week we have 168 hours.  What percentage of those 168 hours do you give to God?  Now in these examples, for the sake of convenience I will be rounding.  If you gave God 15% of your week, that would be a little over 25 hours.  If you gave God 10% that would be almost 17 hours week. 

 

Now you be might thinking at this time...Well Father,  I go to Church on Sundays and say my prayers at night, at least most of the time and I try to pray before meals.  This is good, but if we summed up all the minutes in our prayer time, with the time we give to God at mass, how much do we have?   In most cases less than 2 hours, somewhere between 1hr 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes.  What is this in terms of percentage? 1%

 

Dear God,

 

Thank you for my life and everything you have given me.  Here is my 1%  tip. 

You’re a good God, Keep up the good job.

 

Your loving and caring friend,

Me.

 

Why should I give God more time?

 

Not because God needs it (although he deserves it), but because we need it. So that we may become, "perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect."[1]

                                                                                      

We need the time with God so we can build our friendship with him.   We know from our own life experience that when we no longer talk with those that are close to us, our friendships drift away.  It is true that God is always there for us, but are we always with God?  Do we want to be? We all say that we want to be in heaven with God someday, but it is important to be with Him now too. 

 

We should “strive to be imitators of God” as beloved children, and walk in love “by conforming [our]  thoughts, words and actions to  … Christ Jesus,"[2]

 

The more time we give to God, the closer we tend to be. The closer we are to God the better we tend to be. The closer we tend to be, the easier it is to deal with the hardships in life. Though we are still prone to fall and fail, when we are close to God, it is easier for us to open to His help.

 

 Ways to increase my time to God.

 

We could consider the 168 hours in a week. Subtract the 40 hour work week and “8 hours” of sleep we get each night, we come to an amazing 2% – Congratulations!  …However this is not a real increase. So how can we actually increase the time we give to God in the midst of our busy schedule? Bit by bit.  Below are some of the ways we can increase our time with God, many of them are short and simple but will still bring us closer to God. 

 

·         Morning Offering – Dedicate the day to God from the beginning.

 

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.

 

Offering our prayers is easily understood. Works – This can include our daily jobs, chores, and task if we offer the good works to God. Joys – give thanks to God for the moment we are happy Suffering – As Christians we are called to pick up our cross and follow Christ.  When we offer our suffering to Christ, they tend to become easier to deal with. The suffering itself doesn’t become less or easier, but our attitude and dispositions enables us to deal with the situation better way, in a holy way.

 

·         Prayer in General

o   Our Father, Hail Mary, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

 

·         Divine Office – also called Breviary or Liturgy of the Hours 

o   This is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer. Prayed by priest, religious, and many lay people every day.

 

·         Adoration – time in the Church – time in the Chapel

·         An hour – or – half hour – or – 10 minutes.  We can pray anywhere; however, time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, in the presence of God is different, it is amazing! 

Praying and talking to Him are great and listening to Him is even better!

 

·         Mass

o   Our Greatest prayer - It is good you come on Sunday; do you ever have time for an additional mass during the week?

 

·         Studying / Teaching / Sharing the faith – the more we know about God, the more we love Him.

 

·         Works and Act of Charity – Works and Act of Mercy

 

·         Parents with Children (each “could” do it by themselves, but it is better to do it together)

o   In addition all of the above

o   Bedtime or general reading time – Stories about Jesus / the Saints / Christian themes

o    Talk time – can include religious conversation, but more specifically the conversation that holds a sincere interest in your child’s daily life – especially as it applies to Christian Living.

o   Prayer time -  "The family that prays together stays together" – Fr. Patrick Payton

 

Some might argue it is quality, not quantity. Both are important!  If you are doing well in one area be sure to do a reality check on the other.

 

God cannot be out done in generosity…The more we give Him the more He gives us.

Let us ask our Blessed Mother for her help and intercession that humble ourselves as she did, so our Souls may Glorify the Lord.X    – Fr. Gerardus



[1] Mt 5:48

[2] Catechism of the Catholic Church 1694