Stewardship Bulletin Bits Based on the Sunday Readings - Year B - 2015
Last Updated on January 13, 2015
Baptism of Our Lord: Jan. 11th
Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. The U.S. bishops pastoral on stewardship reminds us that Baptism gives all of His disciples a share in His priestly work and calls them ‘to offer up the world and all that is in it – especially themselves – to the Lord of all.”
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jan. 18th
In today’s first reading, we hear Samuel respond eagerly, “Here I am!” each time the Lord calls him. May we, too, be listening for the call of God in our lives and be ready to say like the psalmist, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jan. 25th
There is a certain urgency in today’s Gospel as Jesus calls His first disciples – Andrew and Simon, James and John. Each one follows Jesusimmediately, unhesitatingly abandoning nets and boats and father and fellow-workers. To what is Jesus calling me – atthismoment, inthesecircumstances? What will I need to abandon in order to follow Him?
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Feb. 1st
Moses told the people, “The Lord will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own kinsmen.” God still provides among His people the gifts and talents necessary to continue the work of His Church. What gifts are yours to share?
See Deuteronomy 18:15
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Feb. 8th
Like St. Paul in the second reading, the good steward can say, “I do all that I do for the sake of the Gospel in the hope of sharing in its blessings.”
See 1 Corinthians 9:23
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Feb. 15th
In today’s second reading, St. Paul urges the Corinthians to “do all for the glory of God.” If we follow that advice in everything we do, we cannot help but be good stewards!
See 1 Corinthians 10:31
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Sunday Readings ~ Year B ~ 2015
SEASON OF LENT
First Sunday of Lent: Feb. 22nd
The waters of Baptism make us part of the new covenant in Christ. But the bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship reminds us that “there is a fundamental obligation arising from the Sacrament of Baptism . . . that people place their gifts, their resources – their selves – at God’s service in and through the Church.”
Second Sunday of Lent: Mar. 1st
Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. St. Paul reminds us that God Himself “die not spare His own Son.” Aremygifts to the Lord – of my resources, of my time, of myself – also sacrificial?
See Romans 8:32
Third Sunday of Lent: Mar. 8th
“You shall not covet” is perhaps a difficult commandment to keep in our consumer-oriented society. But as Christian stewards, we know that we are the recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. May this understanding thatallis gift help us be less resentful of the gifts of others.
Fourth Sunday of Lent:Mar. 15th
All that we have and all that we are comes from the Lord. “We are truly his handiwork,” says St. Paul in the second reading, “created in Christ Jesus to lead a life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.”
See Ephesians 2:10
Fifth Sunday of Lent: Mar. 22nd
“If anyone would serve me,” says Jesus in today’s Gospel, “let him follow me; where I am, there will my servant be.” In what way is Jesus invitingmeto follow Him? What service is He asking of me?
See John 12:26
Passion Sunday: Mar. 29th
Good stewards strive to conform their lives to that of Christ – emptying themselves of all pride and putting themselves at the service of others.