Our Gospel today challenges us to be stewards. A good understanding of stewardship includes the notion that:
“As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others,
and return them with increase to the Lord.”
Jesus’ disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver
of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and one another. Stewardship is a way of life not a decision of finance only. As we begin to focus on what we are going to be about as a faith community in the future, we need to be able to sacrifice and be grateful.
Our parish facilities are growing older and will need continual updating and care. We are in need of new roofing, plumbing, electrical work, and safety features, to name a few. Did you know some of our air conditioning units are 42 years old? Our sound system update is costing $13,000 this week. A facility study that was just done highlights $1.6 million in updating our facilities will need in the coming years. These are all items that must be addressed through your generosity; otherwise, our parish will be confronted with the inability to sustain itself.
While my job is supposed to be spiritual leadership, I find that much of my time is spent with lights, locks, leaks, and liabilities! So, I call upon all members of our community to examine their hearts as we move ahead from this Sunday’s Gospel call to stewardship and respond accordingly. I am truly grateful for the 25% who have taken so seriously the invitation from God and realized the gifts they have received. The
gifts of God are given to us in an unconditional manner and we are called to model our giving after God’s. Therefore, remember when giving
of your time and talent:
“No gift is truly a gift unless it is given freely and without reservation or condition.”
Today, we will hear from members of our Parish and Finance councils who will reflect upon stewardship during our Masses. I invite you to also read the reflections of parishioners in upcoming Sunday Bulletins. I’ve encouraged them to share their personal experiences on parish stewardship.
Am I faithful in my stewardship back to God for the gifts I have received? Do I share my financial resources with our parish for its
future? Have I planned in my final documents to provide for the future education and formation of Catholics in the future at St. Luke?
ALERT TO ALL PARISHIONERS
Please be advised that Fr. Mark has been informed that some parishioners have received phone calls from a male claiming to be calling on behalf of St. Luke Catholic Church seeking donations. This is a fraudulent call as we are not soliciting any donations over the phone. If you receive such a phone call we would ask that you hang up and inform the sheriff department.
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