Stewardship can be a strong force for turning negatives into positives, which is the subject of our current message series called Spin Doctoring.
Life is certainly not always kind or fair, and we experience our fair share of ups and downs; we end up suffering just as other people do, many of whom we don’t even know, and experience pain and disappointment at the hands of others. However, when someone or something hurts us, we can pray to God for healing and peace; we can then also turn around and try to help someone else who’s hurting and needs our time, talent, or treasure.
For example, in just a simple way, we can say a Hail Mary whenever we hear a siren, for the health or deliverance of whoever is in need in that moment and for the safety of everyone involved, including first responders and emergency personnel.
Today’s readings are full of guidance in stewardship. In the first reading, we are told that “the Lord will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness” (1 Samuel 26:23). The psalmist reminds us that God “crowns [us] with kindness and compassion” (Psalm 103:4). Finally, today’s gospel emphasizes the Lord’s generosity to us; that means we can only extend it to others, and not just keep it for ourselves. So, let us crown others with kindness and compassion through our stewardship, as much as we can.
Yet, if we do all this, where will it lead us? Saint Paul tells us that “[j]ust as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one” (1 Corinthians 15:49). As stewards, then, we will grow in our likeness and imitation of our God and Creator. We can turn negatives into positives for our brothers and sisters everywhere with our love, motivation, compassion, determination, and faithfulness.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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