First Sunday of Advent: November 29th
“Be on guard”, Jesus warns in today’s Gospel, “let your spirits become bloated with indulgence.” Let us heed His warning and follow the advice of St. Paul, conducting ourselves in a way pleasing to God, overflowing with love for one another. Luke 21:34
Second Sunday of Advent: December 6th
Good stewards believe that God, who has begun this good work in them, will carry it through to completion. In words and deeds, they can sing with the psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!” Psalm 126
Third Sunday of Advent: December 13th
Today’s Gospel provides a blueprint for good stewardship: “Let the man who has two coats give to him who has none. The man who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:11
Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 20th
The Gospel today tells of the Virgin Mary, pregnant herself, hurrying off to help her cousin Elizabeth. The model of good stewardship, she who had given herself to bear the Savior gave her time and love to others as well.
Christmas – The Nativity of the Lord: December 24th/25th
Rejoice! The Word became flesh and dwells among us!
Oh, come, let us adore him!
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: December 27th
The first reading today provides a challenging blueprint for the good stewardship of our family relationships. How do I measure up?
New Year’s Day: January 1st
The Gospel today says that, having found the infant Jesus, the shepherds returned to their work, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. We, too, have seen and celebrated the mystery of the Word made flesh. Will we follow their example when we return to work tomorrow?
Epiphany: January 3rd
The three kings in today’s Gospel traveled a great distance at considerable cost to offer their richest gifts to the Infant Jesus. How far will I go and what will I offer to do homage to this newborn King and Savior?
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 20th
Today’s theme is perseverance – Moses keeping his hands upraised throughout the battle, Paul urging Timothy to stay with the task of preaching and teaching, and the widow appealing to the corrupt judge. To be faithful stewards of God’s gifts, we, too, must persevere in the roles to which we are called.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: October 27th
Both the first reading and today’s psalm say clearly that the Lord hears the cry of the poor. Have I been given the gifts – of time or money or abilities – to be the means by which God answers their need?
Today’s psalm makes clear that we and everything we think we own actually belong to God instead: “The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it.” We arestewards, not owners, of our lives and all we possess!
See Psalm 24
All Souls: November 2nd
On the Feast of All Souls we pray for those who have gone before us and stand in judgment before God. May we share with one another the treasure of Love’s memory, and console one another with the assurance of resurrection.
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 3rd
We are called to be good stewards of our personal vocations. St. Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians is therefore ours, too – “that our God may make us worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith.”
See 2 Thessalonians 1:11
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 10th
In today’s second reading, St. Paul prays that the Tessalonians may be strengthened “in every good deed and word.” May we, too, be strengthened and empowered to use our time and talents for the good of others.
See 2 Thessalonians 2:17
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 17th
Today’s readings paint a somewhat frightening picture of the end of time. But the Gospel ends with the assurance to faithful stewards that those who persevere will be saved.
Today we celebrate Christ the King and are reminded that all was created through Him and for Him. Does my stewardship of the blessings entrusted to me give evidence that Christ is Lord of my life?