In many ways being a Christian and being a good steward of God’s gifts have everything to do with humility. Jesus is the absolute example of humility and today’s Bible readings emphasize this. However, we also recognize that it is a way of living to which Jesus calls us as well.
“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus i
s truly the greatest among us,, but He always speaks of Himself as a servant. Do we imitate Him? In his Kingdom, we are measured by how we serve and honor others, not by how we may be served by them. Do we always serve and honor others like Jesus?
Today we kick off our parish-wide Stewardship Renewal. Our Renewal season is the time of year when we encourage everyone to make written, tangible commitments to prayer, parish ministries and offertory giving - also known as our time, talent and treasure.
This is an excellent opportunity to take a few moments to reflect on all the blessings God has showered on us. We each have 1440 minutes a day. How much of that time are we choosing to spend with God? How are we using our talents and treasure to build His kingdom and serve Him?
This is truly a time for renewal - for you and your family, and for our parish as a whole. It is an exciting time and a grace-filled time. I encourage you to look over the information that you will be receiving in the mail and to discern how God is calling you, right now, this year, to use your time, talent and treasure to tangibly live out your faith.
Let's keep each other in prayer, especially in the coming weeks!
May the Lord give you peace!
Fr. Mark Zacker