During this time, we celebrate the independence of our country. We would do well to echo the psalmist, saying, “Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for His mercy.” May we always recognize and use wisely the gifts of freedom and abundance He has showered upon us.
Fifteenth in Ordinary Time: July 12th
Today’s reading are about being chosen and sent. The prophet Amos was chosen by the Lord and sent to use his talents for the people of God. The Gospel recounts the story of the sending of the twelve. In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that we, too, are chosen. For what have I been chosen? To whom have I been sent?
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: July 18th
In today’s Gospel, Jesus had planned to slip away from the crowds for a few moments of peace and a little rest. When he saw the people gathered, however, He put His need aside to meet the needs of others. Sometimes, as good stewards, we are called to do the same.
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: July 25th
“The hand of the Lord feed us”, says the psalmist; “he answers all our needs.” Both Elisha’s servant in the first reading and the disciples in the Gospel story who witnessed the feeding of the five thousand saw this happen and knew it to be true.
See Psalm 145
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 2nd
The crowd in today’s Gospel demanded a sign form Jesus. May our faithful stewardship be a sign to others that we, like the Ephesians in the second reading, have laid aside our former way of life and acquired a “fresh, spiritual way of thinking” in Christ.
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 9th
The gifts of God that the angel brought to Elijah – food, water, rest, and encouragement – were given, not for his own good alone, but to strengthen him for service. How am I using my gifts to serve others?
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 16th
Even though we are told that if we seek the Lord, we shall not want, in the second reading St. Paul reminds us that, thus blessed by the Lord, the good servant steward should “give thanks to God the father always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
See Ephesians 5:20
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 23rd
In today’s first reading, Joshua challenges the people to decide whom they will serve. Recalling God’s faithfulness to them and to their ancestors, the people declare, “We also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.” May we, too, be mindful of God’s gifts to us and renew our commitment to serve Him with grateful hearts.
See Joshua 24:18
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 30th
“Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit, comes from above,” says St. James in the second reading. But, he reminds us, true worship of God involves using those good gifts to benefit the less fortunate. Good stewardship is not optional; it is the hallmark of our faith!
See James 1:17
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 6th
The good steward must nor show favoritism. The rich may have many material gifts to share, but St. James reminds us in the second reading that God has chosen the world’s poor to be rich in faith and inheritors of God’s kingdom.
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 13th
In the second reading today, St. James has harsh words for those who do not put their faith into action. May we be such good stewards of God’s gifts to us that we can never be accused of having “faith that does nothing in practice.”
See James 2:17
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 20th
Today’s second reading warns that a heart consumed with avarice and envy leads to jealousy, strife, conflicts, and disputes. A giving heart, in contrast, can sing instead with the psalmist, “Freely will I offer you sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness.”
See Psalm 54
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 27th
St. James warns in today’s second reading that those who hoard their wealth and live only for themselves will be condemned. But in the Gospel, Jesus assures us that all who give of themselves for His sake will be rewarded.