My Dear Friends in Christ, We often hear the response to a difficult question…if the Lord wills. While the Lord’s will for us includes a path toward eternity with Him, we sometimes falter in our willingness to align our hearts with His. The responses of the two sons in the Gospel of Matthew teaches us the duality that exists in each of us. It reveals that the struggle of practicing our faith is real. We may intend the goodness that Lord desires for us, but we realize that good intentions are not enough for us to gain entrance into God’s kingdom. Rather, it is in the actual participation of doing what is good and pleasing that we honor Him. There is then a continual movement of converting both our heart and will to discover His immense love and acceptance of us. As a pastor, I have seen and witness the power of spiritual alignment in people’s lives. I often share with those who have detoured themselves away from the path of the Lord…it is never too late to return to the Father! Thank God for the sacrament of Reconciliation. This is echoed in the voice of the prophet Ezekiel 18:28, “since he has turned away from all the sins which he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” I pray that this week may provide us the opportunity to give encouragement to those who desire to return to the Father. Maybe, it is our own self. Let us not delay, but be ever eager to reconcile our hearts and minds with that of the Lord.
Stewardship is a way of life, a way that begins with acknowledging God as the creator and giver of all and responding with generosity and the responsible management of our resources. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we choose to be caretakers of all God has given to us. Gratitude for these gifts and blessings is expressed in prayer, worship, offering, and sharing our gifts out of love for God and one another.
Stewardship is a path to holiness. It makes us more like Christ who came not to be served but to serve. It is the humble awareness that all we have and all we are has been given to us freely from God. When we offer our lives back to God in love, He blesses that generosity a hundredfold.