January 2023

December 31, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward. Her entire life was lived in obedience to God’s call. She heard God’s message and immediately said “yes.” Mary teaches us to live with joy and gratitude for the many blessings God has given us. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, Mary reflects the light of Christ. Like Mary, we are called to reflect Christ’s light to the world. We do this through lives of gratitude and generosity.

January 7 – 8, 2023
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

The image of the Magi kneeling before the infant Jesus and opening their treasure chests for Him is an image that we should all try to follow each day. In gratitude for all that we have been given, we are called to generously share all of our gifts, not just the ones we pick and choose. God wants us to be generous with everything, but especially that one thing that means the most to you.

January 14 – 15, 2023
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb…” Isaiah 49:5

God have given each of us different gifts. In order for God’s plan to work, you have to do what God is calling you to do and I have to do what God is calling me to do. Andguess what? God has given each of us a different plan! So, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t let envy and jealousy enter your life. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and become the saint that God is calling you to be.

January 21 – 22, 2023

Stewardship as a Way of Life: “He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” — Matthew 4:22

Just as Jesus called the first apostles, He calls each of us to follow Him, too. Noteveryone is called to leave their business or family behind, but we are expected to put God first in everything. In gratitude to God, we should give our first and best of everything to Him: our time in daily prayer, our talent in participating in one of our parish ministries and our treasure to support the financial needs of our parish mission.

January 28 – 29, 2023
Stewardship as a Way of Life: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:3

The phrase “poor in spirit” can be confusing. Think of it in this sense – poor in spirt means depending on God’s providence and not depending on our own self-reliance. Being detached from earthly things (power, money, and comfort) and being attached to heavenly things (charity, sacrifice, and mercy). Denying ourselves from satisfying our desires and helping others obtain their basic needs.