It shows up in October/November, and different churches call it different things. Time, talent, and treasure. Stewardship Sunday. The money sermon.
This Sunday’s readings seem like they were made for it. And whatever we call it, often it doesn’t sound like preaching. More like a guilt-ridden video for an animal shelter complete with emotional music and sad puppy pictures.
Just like the animal shelter stuff, many of us tune it out the moment we realize we’re hearing one of “those homilies.” Or (if we know it’s coming) maybe even skip Mass entirely. It can be that off-putting.
Which would be missing the point. Because while Sunday's readings are about money, they have (literally) nothing to do with fundraising.
More on this tomorrow.