Several years ago, a neighbor of mine gave me a birdhouse. It was the perfect size and structure for bluebirds to build their nests inside. I put it on a wood post in the yard, which turned out to be a bad idea. Neighborhood cats dug their claws into the wood and climbed up to kill the newborn chicks. The nest became a grave.
Luke’s report of the church’s economic sharing interrupts our reading of what might otherwise be an easy passage. It might also help us recognize the challenge of those practices that seem so familiar.