“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace”
1 Peter 4:10
Since the earliest days of the Church, each has shared a portion of his or her wealth as a means of supporting the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to provide for the poor.
In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to give generously to the poor and to open their hearts to their neighbors in need.
“When you give, give generously and not with a stingy heart; for that, the LORD, your God, will bless you in all your works and undertakings. The land will never lack for needy persons; that is why I command you: ‘Open your hand freely to your poor and to your needy kin in your land.'”
Christian stewardship is part of our baptismal call to be disciples of Christ, proclaiming the Good News as part of his Church.
“‘They had everything in common.’ (Acts 4:32) ‘Everything the true Christian has is to be regarded as a good possessed in common with everyone else. All Christians should be ready and eager to come to the help of the needy… and of their neighbors in want.’ (Roman Catechism I, 10, 27) A Christian is a steward of the Lord’s goods.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 952