Jesus used the image of a 'steward' to describe what it means to be his disciple. The United States Bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship describes a Christian steward as “one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, and returns them with increase to the Lord.” Because God never stops giving, a Christian steward is constantly being invited to receive, cherish, share, and return with increase the fruits of God’s abundant generosity.
Being a good Christian steward challenges us to grow spiritually because it helps to dismiss the false idea that we are somehow the ultimate owner of our relationships, time, skills, and material possessions. We are not the creator and sustainer of our own lives. Rather, we are stewards which means caretakers, managers, or custodians of what belongs ultimately to God.
Your annual parish stewardship commitment of time, talent and treasure is a way of showing that you are a grateful, responsible, and generous disciple of Jesus Christ. This annual stewardship commitment form is a good way to assess your commitment to your faith and to our parish. You are asked not only to give of your treasure as a gesture of gratitude to God, but also your time and abilities. Each of us have a part to play, each has something to contribute and share as individual members of the Body of Christ. Please give prayerful consideration to this opportunity as an expression of your commitment as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Fr. Barry Brinkman, Pastor