The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 135

“What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your Stewardship because you can no longer be my steward.” God gives us resources such as finances and time, talents such as culinary skills or musical ability, and spiritual gifts such as encouragement or teaching. We should ask God for wisdom on using those resources and commit ourselves to expand them according to His will so that He may be glorified. This is simply responsible stewardship. There is also a definite divine disdain for anyone who would use or defraud the poor and anyone over whom they have influence: “The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Never will I forget a thing they have done!”

“It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument.” We have been given much, and God desires us to use what He has given to further His Kingdom and proclaim His glory. It’s what we were created to do. We are living sacrifices, giving the things God has given us in service to others, and we actually find life. Be thankful for what you have. How can we nurture and develop these talents? Based on the clever and wiley steward in the Gospel, let’s take another, more noble route and consider the following:
1. Be Creative
2. Be Innovative.
3. Think differently and positively.
4. When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.
5. Face your past without regret.
6. Handle your present with confidence.
7. Prepare for the future without fear.

“Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him.”

“In whatever way you can do so, according to the talents and gifts God has given you, you are to be salt, and light, and whatever part of the Body of Christ you were made to be. You need to tell us what’s going on with you so the rest of the Body (of which you are a part) can work together with you.” Chris Manion

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