“He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or he loses his labor.”
- St. Ignatius of Loyola
I was riding in my car with my brother and we were chatting about his participation in a small faith group or some adult formation activity at St. Judes. He said that the speaker used an analogy of a professional sports game and asked the listeners if, in their personal faith life, they were players or fans. I hope we are all both. As fans we are encouraging those on the field to use their talents in the pursuit of their goal, to live their faith life vibrantly. As players we are giving examples that excite the fans by showing, in effect, look what God can do through us. His grace can move through you as well!
Stewardship is using the gifts we were given to enliven the faith of those around us.
In the “Gates of Prayer,” the prayer book of reform Judaism I found this little proverb: Where is God? Wherever we let him in. Stewardship is using our gifts to enable others to recognize God in their midst and to let him in.
Those fed at a soup kitchen are fed by Christ. Those clothed by a charity store are clothed by Christ.
As St. Paul says in Galatians: It is no longer I who live but Christ living in me.
Stewardship is a kind of two step process where, as the Jewish proverb says, we let God in but then we allow God’s graciousness to flow out from us in the exercise of our talents and gifts in service to others.
Stewardship happens most of all in your careers. Doctors have been given the gifts that enabled them to become healers and they exercise stewardship as they allow that gift of healing to change the lives of those who come to them. Accountants are accountants because of the academic gifts God gave them. As they exercise those talents to improve the lives of others they are being good stewards.
I have two gifts I enjoy very much. One is welcoming. I am really good at it. It is such a pleasure to see someone who might seem a little anxious coming here for the first time as they, with a warm welcome, show by their body language that they feel at home. My second gift that I most enjoy is making mole hills out of mountains. It is a great joy to use that gift to enable someone who is certain that the sky is falling to come to realize that it is only a little rain. And that rain will bring new life.
How have your gifts brought you this sort of joy as you live stewardship?
Monsignor Daniel Stack
We invite you to continue apportioning your gifts and tides via regular mail or dropping in the black box outside the office or, even more secure, the online giving through our web site or the new application on your smartphone.
|Budget Week Nbr.||48||49||50||51|
|Total Weekly Offertory||$34,825.00||$37,069.00||$33,765.80||$32,897.00|
|Budget for Week||$36,000.00||$36,000.00||$36,000.00||$36,000.00|