The Gospel of Matthew 14: 22-33 points out three features or lessons in our growth as stewards. These lessons involve prayer, fear, and the ordinary.
Oftentimes, there may be a temptation to think of “stewardship” as a big word and to imagine one’s self doing great things to be called a “steward.” In the simplest of terms, however, stewardship is about being grateful to God and how we express or show our gratitude in the way we live.
“Life is not at all that bad, my friend. If you believe in yourself, if you believe there’s Someone Who walks through life with you…” So go the lyrics of a popular spiritual song. The message of the song is actually taken from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 11, verses 25-30. “…For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light…”
Today, I share with you an essay by Ms. Rica Bolipata Santos. I am grateful to her for giving me permission to share this piece with our parish of Christ the King last December in time for Christmas and I also post it here for our web readers.
For Holy Week this year, I attended a retreat at the Ateneo de Manila from Holy Thursday to Black Saturday. I know this piece is a bit late for Holy Week and Easter but it is never too late to start being an Easter people.
Just before the Lenten Season started with Ash Wednesday, my husband and I found ourselves at the Ateneo de Manila High School, attending a sunset mass with the class of my son and his teacher, Mr. Onofre Pagsanghan. We were lucky to have Mr. Francis Alvarez, S.J., a very young priest, to share with us his views on Lent.
In our parish of Christ the King, we ran a Stewardship campaign from July to December 2010. I share with you here our FAQs on Stewardship and Generosity, slightly re-written to apply to all.
It is two days to Christmas as I write this so I wish all our Mom’s A Stewardess readers and visitors, a blessed Christmas and a 2011 that is overflowing with grace.
From childhood, we have read or have heard of The Parable of the Talents or what is also sometimes called, The Parable of the Three Servants (Matthew 25: 14-30). In the story, there is a Master with three servants and to each servant, the Master entrusted part of His property according to each servant’s ability.
“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” – Estonian Proverb
The basis of stewardship as a way of life is gratitude. We will have an attitude of gratitude if we recognize that everything we have is a gift from God and that nothing we have is ever really ours.