We all know everything is shifting back into high gear this month. Vacations are over. Schools are back in session. Clubs, organizations, and ministries are back at work full-time. Life is suddenly more hectic. As I looked at the calendar for September, I remembered some of the important feast days coming up this month and noticed several connections to living stewardship as a way of life.
First, let’s consider the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Calcutta on Sept. 5. It is difficult to believe that she will have been gone for 26 years. She was the absolute epitome of what it means to be Catholic, to love, and to serve. She represented a living example of stewardship in our lifetimes. What she had to say about our lives and how we should live them became some of the more quotable illustrations of living stewardship that we reflect upon today. For example, she said, “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
On Sept. 14, we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Cross has enormous meaning to us as Catholics. How many times do we make the Sign of the Cross to signify the Holy Trinity and to remember that the Cross represents so much to us? It is a renewal of our Baptism every time we make the Sign of the Cross. When we make the Sign of the Cross, we are also indicating our discipleship, our pledge to be good stewards. More than 1,700 years ago, St. Helen discovered the true cross in Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was built on that spot, and it was dedicated in September 335, thus our veneration of the Cross on Sept. 14.
At the end of the month on
Sept. 29, our parish celebrates the Feast Day of St. Michael, our patron, with a special Mass and parish dinner. Following his example, I challenge each of us to ask the question — “How can I put on the armor of God through my dedication to
stewardship?” Have we put anything before God in our lives in our Time, Talent, or Treasure?
Whether it is in our labors that we glorify God, in serving the Lord and others with love, or constantly reminding ourselves of Christ’s salvation of us on the Cross, we need to continually rededicate ourselves to service and stewardship. This month — when we revive so much in our parish — is a good time to do that. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”
Sincerely In Christ,
Fr. Aaron Jenkins