March 25, 2018 - "Who are You Following?"

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Is 50: 4-7 / Phil 2: 6-11 / Mk 14:1 - 15:47

We stand at the beginning of Holy Week; another season of Lent has nearly passed.  How have you grown in your ability and desire to follow Jesus?  As stewards, one of the greatest ways to follow Jesus is to know, understand, and share His story.  In order to do so, we must know Him in a very personal way.  Today we hear the story of the Passion of the Lord, culminating with His death on the cross.  As baptized Christians, this story is our story and it is one we should tell often.  Our very lives reflect our stewardship, and should point to the cross, leaving everyone we encounter with the understanding that "Truly this man was the Son of God!"

25 de marzo 2018 “A Quien estas Siguiendo”

Domingo de Ramos de la Pasión de Jesucristo

Nos encontramos al comienzo de la Semana Santa, otra temporada de Cuaresma casi se termina.  ¿De qué manera ha crecido tu habilidad y deseo en servir a Jesús?  Como practicantes del Stewardship, una de las maravillosas maneras de seguir a Jesús, es el de conocer, entender y compartir su historia.  Para que esto suceda, debemos conocerlo de una manera más íntima; hoy, escuchamos la historia de la Pasión de nuestro Señor, culminando con Su muerte en la cruz.  Como cristianos bautizados, esta historia es nuestra y debemos de contarla frecuentemente.  Nuestras vidas son el reflejo del Stewardship y siempre debe estar apuntando hacia la cruz, dejando a cada persona con la que nos encontremos el entendimiento de que “En verdad este hombre es el Hijo de Dios.”

April 1, 2018 "Who are you following?"

Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34A, 37-43 / Col 3:1-4 / Jn 20:1-9

"...he saw and believed."  On this most glorious of days, we remember that stewardship is about recognizing and receiving God's gifts and in particular, the gift of faith, as we see in John's gospel today.  We carry with us the faith that Jesus is the truth and we live in hope that we, like those first disciples, will one day meet our risen Lord face-to-face.  In the meantime, we are called to live our faith in an authentic way.  Consider the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians:  we are the yeast in a fresh batch of dough -- the bread of sincerity and truth.  Make a difference today by loving and serving one another, and Christ did for us!

April 8, 2018 - "Who are You Following?"

Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday

Acts 4:32-35 / 1 Jn 5:1-6 / Jn  20:19-31

"There was no needy person among them..." Today's reading from Acts speaks of the first disciples as they lived out their stewardship, sharing with one another and meeting each other's needs in terms of property, but they were meeting one another's spiritual needs, too.  On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we are encouraged to consider the people around us -- at home, at work, at church.  We are truly surrounded by needy people; they need love, forgiveness, and compassion...they need mercy, and who better to meet that need than us?  Today is a perfect day to cooperate with God's plan to deliver mercy to all people!

April 15, 2018 - "Who Are You Following?"

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 / 1 Jn 2:1-5A / Lk 24:35-48

The conclusion of today's Gospel comes as a challenge to us: "You are witnesses of these things."  By these things, Jesus is referring to the words of the prophets that were fulfilled in His life.  We, too, are witnesses of these things.  We may not have seen them in person, but we are not ignorant to them; therefore, as followers of Christ, we are called into evangelization in the same way the disciples were.  Go forward then and share the story of Jesus Christ with enthusiasm similar to that of the Apostles!

April 22, 2018 "Who are you following?"

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12 / 1 Jn 3:1-2 / Jn 10:11-18

"I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me..."  The silhouette of The Good Shepherd appears on our current stewardship poster as a reminder of who we claim to follow.  Jesus says that those who truly follow Him, also know Him.  He beckons to us.  He knows us.  But do we know Him?  Do we know Him deeply and follow Him out of pure, loving desire?  Many of us have work to do.  We are still straggling along, rather than actively following Him.  Jesus, The Good Shepherd, has proven His love for us in laying his life down.  How can we, in our own stewardship, make loving sacrifices for Him as well?  

April 29, 2018 "Who are you following?"

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 9: 26-31 / 1 Jn 3:18-24 / Jn 15:1-8

"He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit."  It would seem that we can be one of two types of "stewards."  The first is really not a steward at all, in that he is not bearing fruit -- he is not using the gifts God has given him.  The second steward is the kind who experiences the abundance of God's bounty.  The more he gives, the more he is capable of giving.  This branch thrives because it is serving its purpose -- it is living its mission!  Today decide what kind of branch we will be: fruitful or barren.