STEWARDSHIP: WAY OF BEING CHURCH
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Pt 4:10) “Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, stewardship is not an option” “Jesus not only calls people to Him but also forms them and sends them out in his service”.
Stewardship is how to be Church!. By that what I mean is that I want to call the attention of all the parishioners to this statement: Our Lady of Lourdes will be as generous and active in evangelization and ministry as her members are! The life of the Parish is the life of her members, the generosity of the Parish is the generosity of their members and I will contribute to Our Lady of Lourdes depending on how I value it: If Our Lady of Lourdes is important in my life of faith, I will contribute open-heartily. If I am Our Lady of Lourdes, I will invest in it, with my time, talent and my money.
The document from the US bishops “Coworkers in the vineyards of the Lord” states: In parishes especially lay women and men generously and extensively cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community. This is a sign of the Holy Spirit’s movement in the lives of our sisters and brothers. We are in this together. Out of our Baptism the responsibility of building up a Community of Faith, is every single parishioner´s; sustaining Our Lady of Lourdes with our money, time and talent is the compass that is to guide our parish life. Stewardship is the name of the game!
Paraphrasing the famous sentence of president Kennedy, ask not what the Parish is to do for you, but what you can do for the Parish. We are in this together and so that the Parish Community is a resemblance of the Kingdom, a place where we live out the values of the Beatitudes, the spirit of the Works of Mercy, I –and that is YOU- need to be actively involved. Nobody is indispensable and everyone is needed.
There is an old Latin saying attributed to St. Augustine: In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas or “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” What do you think of that as our motto?
Fray Luis Gerardo