As we stand on the threshold of a new year, it is a time of reflection and renewal, an opportunity to set intentions for how we can grow in our faith and continue to live out our calling as stewards of God’s blessings. The concept of stewardship is deeply ingrained in our Catholic faith, reminding us that all we have comes from God and should be used in a way that glorifies Him.
The beginning of a new year is often marked by resolutions — commitments to change, to improve, to grow. This year, I invite you to consider making stewardship a central theme in your resolutions. To live stewardship as a way of life, we must embrace it with a heart open to God’s grace, and with practical, intentional actions. Here are some suggestions on how to do just that:
Gratitude: Start with a heart full of gratitude. Each day, thank God for the gifts you have received — your family, your health, your talents, and your resources. When we recognize that all we have is a gift from God, it becomes easier to share those gifts with others.
Time: Make prayer — Stewardship of Time — an integral part of your life. Seek God’s guidance in your stewardship journey. Commit more time to daily prayer, including praying with your spouse, your children, and before meals. Perhaps consider praying the Liturgy of the Hours in the morning and evenings. Pray for wisdom in using your time, talent, and treasure to further God’s kingdom and help those in need.
Talent: Identify your unique talents and how you can use them to serve others. Whether it’s sharing your skills in music, teaching, organization, or any other area, offering your talents for the benefit of your parish and community is a meaningful form of stewardship.
Treasure: Stewardship also involves managing our financial resources wisely. Commit to tithing or giving a percentage of your income to support the work of the church and charitable causes. In doing so, you invest in the spiritual and physical well-being of your community.
Formation: Deepen your understanding of stewardship and its role in your life. Read the Scriptures, study Catholic teachings on stewardship, and engage in discussions with fellow parishioners. This will help you grow in your understanding of this calling.
Community: Build strong relationships within your parish community. In unity, we can accomplish more. Working together as a community of stewards, we can make a significant impact on the world around us.
Remember that stewardship is not just a one-time commitment; it is a way of life. It’s about consistent, intentional choices that reflect your love for God and your neighbors. By embracing stewardship in the year ahead, you will find fulfillment, purpose, and a deepened connection to your faith.
Let us embark on this new year with hearts filled with gratitude, dedication, and the desire to be faithful stewards of God’s blessings. May our collective efforts bear witness to His love and grace in our lives and in the world.
May God bless you abundantly in this coming year, and may you find joy and peace in living stewardship as a way of life.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Martin Egging