Question of the Day for Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tithing and Sacrificial Giving
Q. Could you please tell me more about what the Catholic Church believes about tithing?
S.B., via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
Tithing is first mentioned in the books of the Old Testament and represents a sacrificial gift of one’s produce or income for the benefit of the worship of God by maintenance of the Temple and the priests caring for temple worship. It was usually around 10 percent. The earliest reference in Scripture to tithing is in patriarchal times. Abraham gave a tithe from spoils to the priestly king Melchizedek (see Gn 14:17-20). Jacob promised a tithe to God (Gn 28:18-22; see Am 4:4). According to the law of Deuteronomy (14:22-27), the Hebrews were expected to tithe grain, wine and oil, as well as the firstborn of the animals (Lv 27:30-32). Every third year tithes were distributed to the poor (Dt 14:28-29; 26:12).
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