Today we begin the season of Advent, preparing for the birth of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. In four weeks we will celebrate his Incarnation as one like us.
In our First Reading and Gospel, we are told to stay vigilant and strong as we await his coming. As we prepare, we stewards must reflect upon some hard questions; for example, are we using our energy and skills to serve others? Are we overly concerned about material gains? Are we relying on our possessions or investments for comfort or security? Do we live for the moment, or for the coming of the Lord?
Our second reading offers us warm, heartfelt advice as we journey through this beautiful season of reflection and preparation: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all” (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Then Saint Paul and his fellow apostles “earnestly ask and exhort you . . . that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God – and as you are conducting yourselves – you do so even more” (4:1) (emphasis added).
An important document on stewardship published by the Diocese of Wichita titled The Pillars of Parish Stewardship says, “God reveals His perfect and infinite love for us most visibly in His son, Jesus Christ. A steward makes God’s love visible by imitating Jesus. . . . Stewardship is the response of the disciple to God’s unconditional love for us.” When we share what we have with others, we show them our love and respect; further, not only should we share, but also try to increase our efforts.
So let us reflect, prepare, and be ready for our Savior to be born, and continue to fulfill our role as stewards in sharing our time, talent, and treasure with others. We can begin in our own neighborhoods and communities, like Jesus did.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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