Today’s gospel reading is sometimes a difficult one for many people to swallow, especially in an affluent society. However, the difficulty that the wealthy have in embracing the demands of the gospel with regard to charity can be seen in our own day. Below is an excerpt from a New York Times article that discusses the barriers to the wealthy giving charitably. Time and time it has been shown that the rich, in general, give a smaller proportion of their income to charity than the poor, though the wealthy could certainly afford to give more.
The problem is that the exceptional philanthropy of the superwealthy few doesn’t apply to the many more people defined as rich in the current debate over the Bush tax cuts — individuals earning over $200,000 and couples with revenues over $250,000. For decades, surveys have shown that upper-income Americans don’t give away as much of their money as they might and are particularly undistinguished as givers when compared with the poor, who are strikingly generous. A number of other studies have shown that lower-income Americans give proportionally more of their incomes to charity than do upper-income Americans. In 2001, Independent Sector, a nonprofit organization focused on charitable giving, found that households earning less than $25,000 a year gave away an average of 4.2 percent of their incomes; those with earnings of more than $75,000 gave away 2.7 percent.
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