A word of thanks to all the parishioners who are actively involved in the various ministries in our parish which impact the lives of a lot of people, and who sacrificially and regularly make their financial contribution to our parish.
Who is a steward? He is somebody's manager. We are all stewards of God because, as Psalm 24 reminds us, God is the sole owner of everything we have: "The earth is Lord's and all that is in it." St. Peter reminds us of our duty of stewardship: "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1Peter 4:10).
The New Testament refers to our stewardship to God 87 times. Paul claims that he is the steward of Christ's gospel. The good steward never forgets that God is the source of all he possesses and that all his possessions are given to him in trust, and he handles them accordingly.
There are three areas of stewardship: time, talents and treasure. Accepting the Biblical model of returning 10% of the "first fruits" to the Lord, we attempt to utilize at least 10% of our time for prayer, reflection, and works of mercy and ministry.
Our talents are to be used to glorify the Giver by using them wherever they are needed, in our parish or in our community. Our treasure or earning is offered as tithing for the maintenance of the parish property, worship, adult and youth formation, bible study classes, outreach activities in the community and evangelization programs.
Many years ago, in England, three men were pouring into a trough a mixture of water, sand, lime and other ingredients. A passer-by asked them what they were doing. The first said, "I am making mortar." The second: "I am laying bricks." But the third said, "I am building a cathedral." They were doing the same thing, but each looked at it differently. What a difference that made!
We can see something similar in the way people relate to their parish ~ why they give. One person says, "Oh! All they do down there is ask for money." The second person replies, "Well, you have to pay the bills." But the third person says, "I am building the Body of Christ." The three are doing the same thing, but what a difference in their attitudes!