In the life of a Christian, reflections on the mysteries of faith are necessary to bridge the gap of time and space between the historical event of the death and resurrection of Jesus and its redeeming power today. This is the transformative power of Everyday Stewardship.
Stewardship begins with the person in the mirror. You and I are accountable to each other, but at the end of the day, the only one who knows the true level of our generosity is God. As this Lent draws to a close, it is time to take a good long look in the mirror.
What has ever happened to you that Jesus cannot understand? What pain can you ever feel that he has not felt? Who is this God we follow and call Lord? It is the God who cared enough for us that He dared become like us in all things, even unto suffering and death.
When it comes to choosing the best online giving platform for your parish, there is a vast array of choices out there. From ones that specialize in specific parish giving, to nonprofits, to businesses — the choices are endless. When faced with so many selections, parishes should focus on what they really need in a giving platform.
In many ways, both large and small, we choose sin over God’s love. We fall prey to the false promises of love, pleasure, and inner peace that sin offers us. And in the process, we lose touch with our heavenly Father who is the source of all love. However, that does not need to be the end of the story. We can always turn to Jesus to find forgiveness.
Much of the world will never understand the value of true sacrifice. They, like those at the time, will ask why he did not make it stop and why he did not save himself. But if we look with the eyes of faith, we will see something quite different.
Even when we do not feel like it, we are called to bear witness to the Gospel. Even when we feel spent and battered by the world, we are called to preach the Good News to the world. This is not only because of God’s call on our life, but because even when it seems all hope is lost, with Jesus, love will always prevail.
You give of yourself when you determine there is a real need. However, you haven’t intentionally worked toward surrendering all you are, all you have, and all you do to your God. It’s hard because when you compare yourself to others, you seem pretty good. Yet, there lies the problem.
Taglines are memorable phrases that represent who you are and what you stand for. At their heart, your parish “stands for” Christ and the Catholic Church. Yet each parish has its own character, shaped by the neighborhoods and demographics they serve.
So many times when we read the all-too familiar story of the Prodigal Son, we focus on the action of the rebellious son — and rightly so because it is so easy to identify with him. We can lose sight of the character of the father. The poignancy of the son’s story is so only because of the magnanimity of the father.
When God calls us, sometimes we are fearful of the future or the struggle ahead. We may wish there was another way. We may be destined to fall frequently on our journey, but our strength of character and our maturity as a disciple is measured by our commitment. To be committed to God means being committed to carrying on even when the journey is most difficult.
As good stewards who are called to discern how we respond to the call of Jesus Christ, we must be about ripping those weeds out of our lives so the good seeds we plant can grow. For each of us, the weeds are different: money, ego, sex, greed, etc. If we don’t take a good honest look at our lives and make some tough choices, no amount of devotion or good works will make us better disciples.