Woven throughout St. Paul’s letters are pleas and thanks for donations. The Church in Jerusalem asked him in his missionary travels “to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” He invites people to be generous for God loves a cheerful giver. No compulsion, Paul insists, but he is not above using a little guilt. Do you remember a song from a few years ago (in this case few means about 50!) called “Cats in the cradle.” In the song the father keeps giving his son presents but what the boy wants is presence. When I get home, the father says, “we’ll get together then.” A vivid illustration that one of the most important ways we can be generous is with our time.