October 2021

October 2 – 3, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life:
“So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.” — Genesis 2:19

The creation story reminds us of two important points: First, since the start, God has put the entire world into our care. Second, stewardship has been around since the beginning of humankind; it isn’t something recently invented by the Church. Just as past generations built our Church, it is now our responsibility to continue to nurture and develop these gifts for future generations.

October 9 – 10, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life:
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” — Mark 10:25

Jesus uses tough language that we may not want to hear. But we are all called to be generous with our gifts. Not just the ones we pick and choose, but all of our gifts and especially the one that means the most to us! That includes our time in prayer with God, our talent in participating in parish ministries and our treasure supporting our local parish and other charities.

October 16 – 17, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life:
“For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45

If you held a mirror up to your life, would it reflect God’s love and mercy? If you are struggling with this, try changing your attitude from “I want more” to “Thank you, God, for everything you have given me, I have enough to share,” This change in perspective will bring you joy through service to others. Pray daily to become less self-centered and to become more God-centered.

October 23 – 24, 2021
Stewardship as a Way of Life: “And Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” — Mark 10:52

Faith is believing in something even though you may not be able to physically see it. Many people think that miracles don’t happen anymore. This is hard, but try to focus on the positive and not the negative things in your life. When you focus on your blessings instead of your hardships, miracles will seem common. You will see God’s active presence in your daily life. You will begin to develop an attitude of gratitude.

October 30 – 31, 2021

Stewardship as a Way of Life: “And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.” — Mark 12:33

Of all the gifts that God gives us, the one He wants the most is our heart. He wants us to share out of our love for Him, not out of obligation. Using our talent in parish ministry and contributing money to support our parish mission is important, but it’s more important to spend time in prayer with God daily and discern how He is calling us to be generous with all of our gifts. Not just the visible ones, but the invisible ones like love, mercy and forgiveness.