Matthew 7:21, 24-27
I remember years ago when the outer edge of a hurricane hit our neighborhood. The next morning, my neighbors and I walked the streets looking at the aftermath. Trees were down. Roofs were damaged. House siding was in the street. Even though we saw much damage, all the houses were standing. We could only imagine what it would have been like to have our homes destroyed by this power of nature.
Our faith is like a house that, unless it is built solidly, the forces of this world can easily destroy. For some, stewardship consists of parish ministry fairs and commitment cards. It is about the parish getting you and me to give more money and do more stuff. If that is our stewardship house, winds will blow it right down with no problem. But if our stewardship house is built on the foundation of mature discipleship and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ, that house can withstand just about anything.
Daily advent challenge:
Pray today that your parish community sees stewardship not just as a way of getting more people engaged, but as a pathway for them to grow in their love of Jesus Christ.