Stewards of Time

by Nov 10, 2023Pastor's Blog

As each one has received a gift,
use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied graces.

1 Peter 4:10

This 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time we begin our Preaching Series on Stewardship. What does it mean to be stewards of our time, talents, and treasure?

The stewardship way of life — with its daily and weekly commitments to giving God the best of our Time, Talent, and Treasure — is the “oil” that we keep with us at all times. When we have this plan in place and we rely deeply on the Holy Spirit to guide us through the twists and turns of each day, we are free, we are ready to answer the Bridegroom when He calls us. We live in wisdom.

Here is our outline for the next four weekends on Stewardship:

  • oil of time (this weekend, November 12)
  • oil of talents (next weekend, November 19)
  • oil of treasure (end of November, November 26)
  • and, our Commitment Sunday, on December 2/3 at all our Sunday Masses

In Thanksgiving for what God does in our life, we are moved to serve one another – parish and community. These three weeks will lead us into December 3, the First Week of Advent, for a Commitment Sunday. Let’s begin praying and discerning new ways on how God is calling us to serve in our parish family.

Our theme for the next four weeks:
Do It Anyway

What does Mother Teresa, Ben Folds Five, and Fraggle Rock have in common? They all come together in this video:

It seems that the music group, Ben Folds Five, may have a Christian background, since this song is based on Mother Teresa’s poem. It also features the Fraggle Rock on their 30th Anniversary back in 2012. Sometimes we struggle to share our time, talents, and treasure. We share in thanksgiving for what God does in our lives, and Mother Teresa understands the upcoming obstacles. Here’s a preview:

The verses below were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, and have been widely attributed to her. Some sources say that the words below were found written in Mother Teresa’s own room. It is based on a composition originally by Dr. Kent Keith. Apparently she had placed it on the wall for her own use, after re-writing parts of it in a more spiritual way. Its association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity has made them popular worldwide, expressing as they do, the spirit in which they lived their lives.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create Anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

This week, let’s focus on being stewards of our time. We are busy people! God has given us 24 hours in each day to live, work, serve and praise. How are we using our time? How might we best steward the time that God has given to us, as individuals and as a parish family, to love God and our neighbour?

Spending Time with God in Prayer. Stewardship begins with prayer. Stewardship is not about me, it is about Him, God who loves us. Consider how to spend more time in prayer, each day, as we approach Advent and the Christmas season. Have a great week.

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