We’re off to a great start to the New Year and the season of Ordinary Time as stewards. In today’s second reading Saint Paul reminds us that “there are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
Our current message series is all about spiritual life hacks; a life hack refers to a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in any walk of life. It’s also a concept we can easily apply to our efforts to share our time, talent, and treasure with others.
For example, we can share some of our time by starting a conversation with the person next to you in the checkout line, picking up stray trash from your neighbor’s lawn and walkway, spending more time listening to your lunch companions than talking to them, or helping clean up and decorate our church.
We can share our talents by preparing a couple of dinner dishes for someone recovering from an illness or a procedure, offering to walk a neighbor’s dog (especially if you have one of your own), or helping a neighbor make a minor home repair or weed their backyard.
Finally, we can share our treasure by increasing the size of the tip if we are covering the check the next time we eat out, offering to pick up a few groceries for an elderly neighbor, or giving the leftovers we’re taking home from the restaurant to a homeless person we encounter.
Since life hacks exist for just about everything in life, that means stewardship is included too. We have countless ways, small, close to home, and relatively simple or easy to accomplish, that we can use to increase our efforts as God’s stewards.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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