This Sunday and next we hear scripture passages about honesty in business and the proper use of material wealth. In the Church this is called “stewardship.” This term acknowledges the fact that all good things and the talent to use them are gifts of God. We are called to be good stewards of God’s gifts. Good stewardship does not mean accumulating wealth for selfish gain, but rather employing wealth for the good of the whole community.
At this time of year we are again being asked to support the Diocesan Annual Appeal. You will soon receive pledge cards for this Appeal in the mail. In addition we count on your regular support of our parishes, and many of us also have other charities we support. You can go on line to https://www.diolc.org/stewardship to view the full case statement and this year’s video. Thank you for all you do for our parishes financially and in so many other ways.
Viewed all together, this may seem draining. On the other hand, we should be grateful that we have the ability to give and to help one another. Who knows when one of us may be in need of charitable assistance at some time or other! So with gratitude to God we give what we can when we can and, in this way, we help take care of one another.
In today’s Second Reading we are asked that “supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” Government action may affect our ability to practice our faith much less than in Saint Paul’s day, but it does affect our lives in many ways. At this time of year we are asked to support the value and dignity of human life from conception until death, and to keep this matter before our legislators until the right to life is guaranteed for all. Government intrusions or mandates which eclipse the religious freedom of individuals, businesses and institutions have become too common in recent years. We need to pray not only for world peace, but also for the freedom and survival of Christians in the Middle East whose situation may not be all that different from that of the Church in Saint Paul’s time.
Pray the Rosary for the needs of our diocese, especially for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Pray for those serving in the armed services from our area. Pray for families, especially those with members who are homeless, unemployed, disabled, ill or estranged. Pray for farmers and all who work in food production and, as always, pray for peace.
May God bless his people with peace.