An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Have you ever been somewhere public and days later others said they saw you there? You can find yourself surprised that they saw you and didn’t say hello. However, at least they saw you. You, on the other hand, didn’t even have any idea they were around you. You may have been oblivious to what was going on or those crossing your path on that day. You may have been forsaking that moment thinking about another time to come down the road.
Imagine being one of those who first encountered Jesus as he began his ministry. (more…)
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Epiphany of the Lord
My mother-in-law was the best gift-giver I ever knew. One could say my parents spoiled me growing up, but there was something about her gifts to me that made me feel overwhelmed. I guess it was that after several years I still was surprised that she would think enough of me to get me something no one else would. She was able to make me feel special every time. Of course, I believe she honored me in this way because I accepted her greatest gift to me, her daughter.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Pope Francis said in an address from 2013, “Mary, whose “yes” opened the door for God to undo the knot of the ancient disobedience, is the Mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that He can untangle the knots of our soul by His fatherly mercy.”
Mary is the Mother who lovingly brings us to God, the one who turns human “yes’s” into miracles. Mary not only gave birth to the Son of God, she gave birth to our hope. By our own affirmative reply to God’s calling in our life, we trust that God will comfort and care for us as His own. Our Lady is then not only the Mother of God, but the Mother of Mercy, for without her, the pathway of mercy and grace does not break into our world.
We then must demonstrate our gratefulness for her answer to God by becoming vessels of God’s mercy for others. Just as He turned her “yes” into the Incarnation, God can turn our “yes” into a way for others to encounter Jesus Christ. God can untangle knots in others through our generosity and compassion. He can shower mercy upon a world in such desperate need of it through our actions and gestures of love. This is what it means to be a mature disciple and to live a stewardship way of life. Mary is the Mother of God, but she is our Mother as well. What better way to give thanks to the woman who made this possible with her gesture of love by offering that same love to the world.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family
I have heard people say, “You don’t get to choose your family!” I believe that to be only partially true. I did not choose my father and mother, but my family is greater than my family tree of ancestors. My family includes those who have been there when both my father and mother passed away. My family includes those who came to see my newborn children in the hospital. My family includes those who celebrated with me my greatest triumphs and consoled me in my greatest times of trial. Each and every one of them I have chosen to be a part of my family.
Most of the time we talk about stewardship in terms of time, talent, and treasure. (more…)
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25A
Miracle on 34st Street, whether it is the original movie or one of the remakes, seems to be playing on television and on streaming services all over the place at this time of year. The question it addresses is one about the existence of Santa Claus. Looking at the title alone, one could ask a simple question without even seeing the movie: Do miracles really happen?
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
One day when I was walking the city streets where I was giving a series of talks, I saw what appeared to be an older woman hunched over with a sign asking for help. At first I passed her, on my way to visit the local drugstore. But then I came back around when I realized I had not been very mindful upon first seeing her. I didn’t have much cash to give her, but as I always tell everyone else in my talks, often times what people need more than cash is someone to at least acknowledge them. I reached into my pocket to give her what little I had and I simply said, “Hello. I hope you are okay and I hope you can use this.”
This is a guest post from Chuck Frost.
Frederic Ozanam was a law student at the University of the Sorbonne in the 1830’s. During his time at the university, Frederic started a discussion club composed of Catholics, atheists, and agnostics. They met to discuss the issues of the day and often these meetings turned into lively and heated debates. During one meeting, Frederic spoke about Christianity’s role in civilization and while some of his detractors acknowledged the good that Christians had done in the past, one of the group members pointedly asked Frederic: “Let us be frank, Mr. Ozanam; let us also be very particular. What do you do besides talk to prove the faith you claim is in you?”
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
I remember watching a television show about a high school that dug up a time capsule students had buried 25 years earlier. They had buried it with the purpose of showing others many years later the trends of the day and how student life was at that time. It was a fun exercise and everyone, the current students as well as those now grown, laughed at the clothing styles, corny photos, and lack of technology from years ago.
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
For all I know this Everyday Stewardship reflection is the last one you will ever read. That’s not because I fear you will no longer get something out of reading these. At least, I hope not! It is because Jesus may very well return by this time next week. Then there will be no more need for reflections like these in bulletins, on websites, or wherever else you are reading this. You think the odds are against this happening in the next few days? I can gamble from time to time, but I guess this is not something I am willing to say won’t happen for sure. We do believe Jesus will come again, don’t we?
An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Over the years we have had many great social events in parish community. We have had socials for New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Valentine’s Day, and so many more. It seems we will use any excuse to have a party and enjoy each other’s company. And for more than the last decade, my pastor has been present at most of these events. What always tickles me is to see him in his clerics going around with a tray of entrees or desserts as he seeks to serve his parishioners. We have joked that his clothing does resemble that of a waiter in a fine restaurant. The only difference is no tips! Sorry, Monsignor.