It may sound odd mentioning righteousness and winning with money in the same sentence, but stewardship involves managing our treasure (money) as we travel along our own paths to righteousness.
As stewards, we win with our money when we give our time, talent, and treasure to those we are certain need help. We also win when we give a portion of our gifts to God. Proverbs encourages us to “[h]onor the Lord with [our] wealth” (3:9). On this feast of Corpus Christi, we celebrate Jesus’ sacrificial gift of himself, his body and blood, to us in Communion. After Melchizedek blessed him, Abraham “gave him a tenth of everything” (Gen. 14:20). Saint Paul also reminds us: “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you” (1 Cor. 11:23-25).
If we want to stay on the course to righteousness, we also shouldn’t delay or postpone an opportunity to help someone, whether they reach out to us or not. We don’t win with our money if we postpone giving to a need that motivates us. We aren’t effective stewards if we don’t think we have anything to offer that would help others or their situation.
Stewardship helps keep us on the path to righteousness because when we share our gifts, we are focused on helping others, and aren’t thinking about our own wants and desires.
Again, stewardship isn’t ultimately about giving to a particular need, it’s needing to give, as much and as best we can. Stewardship enables us to win though our efforts, and we move forward along the path of righteousness.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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