Put aside politics for a minute and we get to the heart of the matter. When Jesus tells this story, he isn't talking about giving to just another charity or paying taxes. It is giving to God and that is equal to giving to God's Church. It is we who have made giving into something it isn't. Bishop Schnase makes it uncomfortably clear, "The opposite of generosity is greediness..."
The tighter we hold onto the things we have, the harder it becomes to let go and grab onto something better. Generous people have a knack for being optimistic, why? For the same reason God is optimistic about us - remember, God first gave his own son (John 3:16)!
Has giving changed you? In what ways? Have you ever given more than you thought you could? What was that like?