Stewards of Treasure

by Nov 22, 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

Today, 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we come to the end of the liturgical year, celebrating the magnificent feast of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Our readings provide contrasting images of this King of ours — He has authority over all, and yet, He is humble and tender in His care for us, especially the most vulnerable. How can we properly honor and love such a King? By offering Him our very lives through the stewardship way of life.

The Gospel passage from Matthew (Mt 25:31-46) shows us how. The passage begins with Christ’s own description of His Second Coming, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.” Then the moment of judgment will come. Some will be invited into the Kingdom of Heaven — the others to eternal punishment.

This judgment will be based not on how influential we became in society, how high we climbed the corporate ladder, or any “worldly” achievements. Rather our judgment will be based on how we treated the least of those around us, whom Jesus calls His brothers. “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

To make His point very clear, Jesus gives specifics — feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, showing hospitality to the stranger, and caring for the ill and imprisoned. The more deeply we embrace the stewardship way of life, the more closely our priorities will align with His.

We continue our Preaching Series on Stewardship, part three, this weekend

with the focus on our treasure, and our finances. How is God asking us to serve?

Money is a powerful force in our lives. Jesus says that what we do with our money has the ability to take our heart with it (Luke 12:34). God cares about what we do with 100 percent of our money, not just the fraction that we give to the church. How do we steward all of our money and make sure that the ways we use money aligns with our values?

God has called us to serve our neighbors, both near and far. How is God calling us, as individuals and as a parish community, to use the resources that God has entrusted to our care to love God and our neighbors both locally and globally?

As we prepare for a new Liturgical Season with Advent next weekend, let’s also prepare for our Commitment Sunday (December 2/3). Let’s pray and discern how we can spend more time with God in prayer, how we can use our talents in parish ministries, and how we can continue making a consistent gift to our parish family and community.

Have a great week. Peace.

ps. in case you missed it,

  1. part one, Preaching Series on Stewardship of Time
  2. part two, Preaching Series on Stewardship of Talents
  3. invitation to prepare for our Commitment Sunday
  4. also, please consider participating in our Mass Time changes for January 2024

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