May 27, 2018 "Who are you Following?"

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Dt 4: 32-34, 39-40 / Rom 8: 14-17 / Mt 28: 16-20

 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we should find ourselves particularly moved by today's readings.  In St. Paul's letter to the Romans, he says we have received a spirit of adoption that makes of joint heirs with Christ our brother.  In Matthew's gospel, we receive The Great Commissioning -- we are sent into the world to continue the work begun by Jesus.  In our stewarding of the gifts given to us through the Holy Spirit, we too are given the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel.  One of the greatest gift we have been given to steward, is the understanding that God is Three: three persons and one nature.  We didn’t know this before Jesus revealed it.  What difference does it make?  God is a community of persons.  Sharing of our gifts cannot happen outside of community.  God models relationships for us.  Now we must share this gift of who God is with others.  How do we start?  By telling others about Jesus, for Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light.  Begin stewarding the gift of Jesus! 

June 3, 2018 "Who are you Following?"

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Ex 24: 3-8 / Heb 9: 11-15 / Mk 14: 12-16, 22-26

Today we reflect on Jesus' gift of self: His body and His blood.  In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis refers to the Eucharist as "a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak."  Throughout the Gospels, Jesus made a habit of feeding his followers, and the Eucharist became the most important source of nourishment he offered!  As stewards of the church -- the Body of Christ -- we may not like to admit our weaknesses, but they are real and the Eucharist exists to remedy our ailments.   Hebrews 9:15 says that "those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance."  Through our baptism, we are ALL called into the service of the Lord and into His eternal inheritance.  As we celebrate the Eucharist with one another, allow the Eucharist to move, heal us, and nourish! 

June 10, 2018 - "Who are You Following?"

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gen 3: 9-15 / 2 Cor 4:13-5:1 / Mk 3:20-25 

The reading from Mark's Gospel reveals a less-than-inspiring theme of rejection.  Not even the Son of God was immune to rejection -- He received it from the Jews, from religious and political leaders, from some of His followers, and as we see today, from His own family.  But a second look at today's Gospel also reveals a new definition of love and what it means to be family.   In Mark 3:34-35, Jesus says, "Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are counted among His brothers and sisters -- His family.   The heart of a steward castoffs rejection and seeks the will of God by reaching out to others  in love and in service.

June 17, 2018 - "Who are You Following?"

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ez 17: 22-24 / 2 Cor 5: 6-10 / Mk 4: 26-34

Acts of stewardship are not unlike the seeds scattered in today's reading from Mark.  The farmer scattered seeds and left them to sprout and grow until the time of harvest.  Similarly, when we give of ourselves, we allow God to take those "seeds" and cultivate them into a most abundant harvest!  In both cases, the process is hidden and mysterious.  It is not for us to understand, but it is for us to willingly participate.  Additionally, the parable of the mustard seed reminds us that God can take even the smallest acts and turn them into something marvelous.   Therefore, be watchful and aware for those opportunities to cooperate with God's plan.  Pray that God will reveal them to you!

June 24, 2018 "Who are you Following?"

The Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Is 49: 1-6 / Acts 13: 22-26 / Lk 1: 57-66, 80

You have heard that being a steward is a way of life.  In other words, it is not what we do -- it is who we are.  In the word stewardship is implied a level of servant hood; there is a willingness to serve God and others.  Today's readings mention a few of the Biblical figures who were unlikely servants, raised up by God: Israel (Jacob), David, and John the Baptist.   Each one was called into servant hood while in the womb and each allowed God to use him in the fulfillment of His plans.  You and are I no different from these great holy men.  We, too, were called into servant hood while in the womb.  We were created  to be good stewards of our lives and we should rejoice in it!  Like John the Baptist, we live as servants of God, allowing our very existence to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives.