Last Sunday I offered a parish summary, often referred to as the “State of the Parish Address.” In this week’s Pastor’s Corner, I want to investigate further the beautiful spirituality of stewardship and its impact upon the way that we live.
Stewardship refers to the way in which we use the gifts which God has given us during our lives. As God has given us graces, usually classified as time, talent and treasure, we use those gifts responsibly. I invite you to see the stewardship of time, talent and treasure as a function of divine worship. Take as your example the three wise men, whose Epiphany we celebrated earlier this month. Matthew recounts their manner ofdivine worship as follows: “…going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” (RSV 11)
Our society has a certain preoccupation with money. The stewardship of treasure offers a benefit to our worship of God even using our financial resources. As we have been awarded by God abilities to use our hands and minds which generate our capital, we in turn offer a part of our financial resources back to God. The scriptures refer to the “tithe” or “tenth” as the norm that we use to determine how much should be given to God.