Stewardship moves in different directions from God through us to others and therefore is a personal journey whose main purpose is sharing our time, talent, and treasure with others.
But we don’t just get up and go somewhere when we travel; we prepare for the trip beforehand so that our traveling will go smoothly. As stewards, we can do the same thing. So, how do we go about preparing for a journey like this?
Well, we can pray to God and ask for his guidance on whom and in what ways we can help. Once we know who to help, we can work out the details of when, where, and how we will share what we have with others, whether it’s one person, or several, and for how long.
Last of all, we need the motivation and confidence to move forward and share with others; but where do we find and nurture them, so that we can continue our efforts? It’s obvious – God, the source of all we have to share; as it says in today’s psalm, “When I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me” (Psalm 138:3).
Relying on God’s support will make us successful in our efforts. As Saint Paul says in the second reading, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all . . . not I, however, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Strengthened by God’s grace in us, let us be confident and respond to God’s call to be a steward, like Isaiah did in today’s first reading when he cried out: “Here I am. . . . Send me!”
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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