Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

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Did we find out anything new or did we renew ourselves or did we just go through the process of Lent with an occasional nod to the time? Was God’s relationship with us any different from beginning to the end? Did we try to change/improve ourselves in these 40 days? Did we do anything or make any bargains with our Lord for what we did do and now we await the ‘rewards?’ Maybe the bigger question should be —‘who am I–who am I in relationship with my Lord–who am I in relationship to others?’

The 40 days of Lent may be over. But not so our actions with God. These should be our lifetime   efforts culminating only when we reach the ‘pearly gates.’ Will we take time now for reflection on the Easter season?

The instantaneous info world that we live in has its good points as well as its difficulties. We are constantly interrupted in our thoughts, actions, abilities to withdraw and hold our own course. Jesus showed us the value of quiet time. Many times and especially when He needed His inner life’s voice, He withdrew to a garden, a mountain, some place where He could be alone and pray to His Father. Quiet time gave Him strength. Technology, noise, others, etc. make inner peace near impossible. It is also very disruptive to the forming of our thoughts. We watched a great cathedral burn as it was happening. We see people shot as we are having dinner.  We watch families being torn apart in our border difficulties. And so many more unsettling events that must raise the question for ourselves—how do we feel about this?

“I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion, that he may live.”  “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to  repentance but sinners.” (Luke 5:27-32) “Those who were not My people I will call ‘My people’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’ And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people ‘ there they shall be called children of the living God’,” (Romans 9:25-26) “Matthew’s ‘gloom’ became like midday’ when Jesus uttered the words “Follow Me.”  In other words, Matthew did not have to clean up his act in order to attract Jesus: it was precisely Christ’s call that gave him the courage to stop seeking his own interests. When we acknowledge we are ‘afflicted and poor’ we will ‘ride on the heights .’ The mouth of the Lord has spoken”–Jesus makes us righteous. (Magnificat)

Being a Christian, especially a Catholic Christian, requires a constant awareness of our Lord, our immediate world, the larger world and our place in it. Do we cooperate with the troubles that don’t ring true to our beliefs? Do we pray? Or do we ignore issues that are not directly on my plate? Easter Sunday brought out the best in all.  We all looked beautiful  as we were honored to enter God’s house. Recognizing the specialness of the day, the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection, and His giving us His words of salvation, we smiled at each other and we prayed in thanksgiving as a community. Must this special Easter awareness disappear as ‘daily life’, the so called ‘real world’ takes over? Creation and the gifts of this world must always remain in our consciousness, make us thankful, and help us to be one with one another.  No act is too small in the eyes of our Lord.

by Kathy Reilly