The Joy of Stewardship

by Feb 14, 2024Pastor's Blog

All temporal and spiritual goods are created by God and come from God. The term stewardship is often taken to be a euphemism or “code word” for fundraising in a religious context.

Stewardship ≠ Fundraising.

Time, Talent & Treasure are temporal realities,
but they are fundamentally, a spiritual issue.

The disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. (Daily Gospel for Tuesday, February 13, Mk 8:14-21)

Listen to the homily, or read it below.

Why are we having a stewardship conference and session on February 27? A Vision-Driven, Mission-Centered Stewardship for Parish Leadership. We will discern our vision, and review our parish objectives and goals together. Again, why is it important for your parish leaders to attend? I look forward to have Lindsay Charland share with us the joy of stewardship – reminding us that everything we have comes from God.

Like the disciples today, though, sometimes, we forget. We have hard time understanding.

All temporal and spiritual goods are created by God and come from God. The term stewardship is often taken to be a euphemism or “code word” for fundraising in a religious context. Stewardship ≠ Fundraising. Time, Talent & Treasure are temporal realities, but they are fundamentally, a spiritual issue.

What is Christian Stewardship:

  • it recognizes our state of dependency upon the providence of God
  • it is a discipleship response, both faith in God’s providence and gratitude for His goodness,
  • and, constitutes a way of life that is both privileged and challenging

The goal of stewardship in our parish is to increase the engagement of everyone in the life of their parish, inviting us all to become more involved in the many varied ways to give of oneself in the service of others. Our Commitment Sunday last December invited all parishioners to evaluate, renew, and review their commitment to the parish. A brief recap of our preaching series from last fall:

Stewardship of Time.

This invites us to focus on how we are spending time with God in prayer. Everything begins with prayer. Again, stewardship is not about me, but about God.

Stewardship of Talents.

We are given gifts that are meant for us personally. We are also given gifts, talents, skills that are meant to be shared with others.

Stewardship of Treasure.

In thanksgiving for God’s gifts, each household was invited to give a certain percentage. We briefly introduced the idea of the Four P’s. We invited our parishioners to plan their giving and make it a priority in their budget. Again, our goal or percentage is working towards the standard of the biblical tithe of 10 percent. And finally, progress – we offered a challenge to everyone to commit to progress in their percentage, moving closer to the tithe, and eventually beyond it.

Our conference on stewardship, Lindsay will remind us that the Christian Steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends to them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with all, and returns them with increase to the Lord.

My vision for our parish continues to be to preach the Gospel, offer Pastoral Care to everyone, and make disciples of all nations – in our community, and throughout Glengarry. But i need your help.


In our Gospel today, we see the disciples, and think they have forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.

The apostles’ lack of understanding is a favourite theme in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus sounds like an impatient teacher today: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember?”

This is the way Jesus normally talks to the Pharisees.

He expects more from his apostles, and from his disciples.

As one commentator puts it: “the Gospel reveals that the disciples of Jesus struggled to understand the recent words and actions of Jesus. While crossing the sea of Galilee in a boat, Jesus puts his disciples on guard against the leaven – the hypocrisy and evil intentions – of the Pharisees and Herod. But the disciples think that Jesus is commenting on them forgetting to bring bread for the boat ride. Jesus asks them to look at their hearts to see if they have hardened them. Do they fail to realize who Jesus truly is and what Jesus is doing?”

God cares deeply about our success in the mission of reaching souls.

As we begin our Lenten journey, let us continue to persevere in faith, and in prayer. I’m inviting you all to pray as we all continue to grow as Christian Stewards in our parish. May the three pillars of Lent – prayer, fasting, and almsgiving-, lead us to a deeper, personal relationship with God in Our Lord Jesus Christ, giving us the grace to serve through our time, talents and treasure.

Lord Jesus, soften the soil of my heart so that I may embrace and welcome your word. I need to die to myself so that I can bear good fruit for your Kingdom. Help me to understand the mystery of your words and actions in the Gospel.

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