December 4 – 5, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value.” (Philippians 1:9-10)
During the Christmas shopping season it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of buying gifts. But is that “gift” truly an expression of your love for the other person. Or, are you just fulfilling your “obligation” to give them something? To grow in friendship with someone, you need to spend time with them and learn what is of value to them. Maybe this year, buy less “stuff” and spend more time with those you love.
December 11 – 12, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
St. Paul reminds us that God is an abundant God. He is the ultimate giver of gifts. He promises to give us all that we need. Remember, that we are created in God’s image and likeness. We, too, are made to be generous with all of our gifts as well. Placing our trust in God frees us from being a slave to possessions. It allows us to gratefully and generously share ourselves and our goods with others.
December 18 – 19, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:44)
When you hear the Scripture readings and Gospel reading at Mass, do you “leap for joy?” If not, don’t blame the lector or priest; rather, look inside yourself. What are you doing to grow in friendship with Jesus? How do you prepare for Mass each week? Do you just show up and expect to be entertained? As the Body of Christ, we are called to be active participants, not just passive observers.
December 25 – 26, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1)
During this season of giving, let us remember a beautiful gift that we have received: being children of God! As God’s children, it’s in our DNA that we share and express our love for others as well. Tell your spouse, children, other family members and friends that you love them — every day! Also, pray for those people who are different than you, those who you may not like or those who go out of their way to annoy you. Your prayers may be the start of a new friendship.