As we prepare for Jesus’s birth this second Sunday of Advent, we can reflect that stewardship is spirituality, a way of life, a conscious choice. We consider giving of our time, talent, and treasure in many ways. We can donate money, volunteer at many worthwhile charitable organizations, or put our skills to work to make life better for others.
Giving of our time means not only volunteering and performing helpful tasks for our neighbors, or people who need some kind of assistance, but also praying for their spiritual, material, or financial needs.
In our second reading St. Paul tells us, “I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:4). Do we pray for understanding and acceptance of God’s will, being generous with our time, talent, and treasure, being patient and willing to help others as much as we can, even when it’s inconvenient, or even when we don’t really want to?
Until Jesus comes again, we must remain faithful to him as true disciples and good stewards of all he has given us. We don’t need to be perfect, we just need to try and do it, as we are all “works in progress.” At the end of our lives, we will not be judged on our successes, but rather on our efforts, faithfulness, love, willingness, and sincerity.
So may we stewards spend time praying for those in need. Let us pray like Saint Paul, that our love “may increase ever more and more in knowledge, and enjoy every kind of perception to discern what is of value” (Philippians 1:9-10). Let’s try to bring all of us, those within and outside our families, back to the Lord for this wonderful Advent season!
Bringing spiritual support and comfort to others; how hygge is that?
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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