“Then he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts. Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.” Luke 24:38-39a
These words from the Risen Christ are good advice when we are troubled or doubtful about our Stewardship decisions. Just look at the hands and feet of the Lord. How can we refuse to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth now, when He sacrificed His entire body for us?
Stewards Give Back
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own. ” Acts 4:32a
Stewardship calls us to recognize, just as the early Christians did, that none of our possessions is our own. All that we have – our health, our education, our skills, our talents, and our livelihood – are gifts from God. The natural reaction when someone gives you a gift is to want to give something back. What do you give back to God?
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17b).Jesus call to “Come after me” is a call to all Christians. Jesus asks us to help him in his work. By being good Stewards, we, too, can help bring others closer to God.
“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for? ” (John 1:38a)
What are you looking for? It is a question Jesus asks each of us. Are we wasting our time looking for the material pleasures of the world? Or are our hearts really longing to be Stewards and find something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God?
“Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good that we are here.’” (Matthew 17:4a) In today’s Gospel we see Jesus take Peter, James and John to a mountain top and reveal to them His divine glory. Peter responded enthusiastically, “Lord, it is good that we are here.” Do we feel the same way each week when we come to Mass? Are we in awe of the wonder of our God? Are we grateful for the opportunity to be his Stewards? Do we feel St. Peter’s enthusiasm? It is good that we are here! Return
“Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles” (Matthew 5:41). Today our Stewardship challenge is very clear: go the extra mile in our service. We are invited to participate more fully in the work of the Church. In the busy world that is not an easy challenge to accept. Yet, our response can become easier and clearer for us when we take the time every day to simply ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do with all the gifts you have given? How would You like me to become more fully involved in the life of Your Church?” Return
Stewardship Lasts a Lifetime
“It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” (Mathew 4:10b) The world tempts us with so much. Like Jesus on the top of the mountain, we can all see magnificent possessions, power, adventures, activities or accomplishments that tempt us to push God into the background of our lives. Yet, we must follow the example of Jesus and back away from the temptations of the world so that we have more time in our lives to worship and serve God. Living Stewardship provides us with the perfect opportunity to make a change that will last for a lifetime. Return