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Dear friends,
This weekend, we begin our annual Stewardship Renewal. We have not done a full-blown Stewardship renewal since 2010 and you and I know how much has changed in our world (and in our parish) since then. Stewardship Renewal will culminate with Commitment Weekend, Oct. 8th and 9th. But commitment to what? To some extra prayer? To some extra volunteer activity? To some more money?

No! Commitment Weekend asks us to take a stand on discipleship and witness.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks about a steward, a steward who proves himself to be untrustworthy of his master’s confidence. He has been given a responsibility but fails to live up to the confidence the master puts in him. He puts his own interests ahead of the master’s interests.

This is the question that Stewardship (and Jesus) asks of us. Stewardship is A Disciple’s Response, a way of looking at the gifts that God has entrusted to us and how we use those gifts to carry out the will of the Master so that we might prove ourselves to be found trustworthy to receive that greatest gift – the gift of eternal life. So, it is not a program that we sign up for; it is a perspective through which we view the whole of our Christian life.

How? By using the gifts that God has given us, the gift of our Time, the gift of the Talents we have, and the gift of the Treasure with which we have been blessed, all to deepen discipleship, to further the work of the Gospel and to acknowledge, with gratitude, all that God has done for us, as St. Paul acknowledges his call in today’s 2nd Reading.

Is that you? Do you believe that? Is that the kind of disciple you want to be? If not, skip the rest. If yes, how can you be a better disciple? If yes, how can you more fully enter into the Stewardship Way of Life? And be ready to commit to it on Commitment Weekend? Over the next weeks, in written articles and in the homilies, I hope to offer you some reflections that might help.

This weekend, we celebrate and reflect on the Stewardship of Time. Time is the easiest of God’s gifts to understand. You’re alive, right? Because God has given you time. If we’re away, when we return the most obvious question people might ask us is, “did you have a good time”? or “what did you do”? Well, what do you do with your time? Are you spending your time running around, making money, seeing people, driving the kids, building “your” world? Where is God in it? Surveys on how people spend their time still show, working, sleeping and eating at the top of the list and religious activities at the bottom.

In the Stewardship of Time, our self-reflection, first and foremost, should be around the question, do I pray enough? Am I in contact enough with God? Jesus, Himself, the disciples, the great spiritual writers down through the centuries all were close to God in prayer and all taught the importance of the Time we give to God through and in prayer. That prayer can take whatever form is most rewarding, formal prayer (the Rosary), meditative and contemplative prayer, scripture reading, Adoration in the Eucharistic Chapel. It is a moment and a form that puts us in touch with God and God with us. I have heard testimony from many people of how the time in the Adoration Chapel brings peace and solace and calms many anxieties and storms in their lives.

The Stewardship of Time also refers to the time we give in the ministries we become involved in, the time we spend in the corporal works of mercy (visiting the sick, feeding or clothing the hungry or naked). In short, the Stewardship of Time is all the time we spend building God’s kingdom and not our own. This is at the heart of any reflection on the Stewardship of Time – of the 168 hours in a week, what amount of time is given to God and His Kingdom for, as today’s Gospel reminds us, sooner or later , we will have to give an account of our stewardship to the Master.

Let’s all put our time to “good use.”
God Bless
Fr. Ron

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