The spirituality of stewardship & discipleship is both simple and complex... Simple because God's expectation and Jesus' teachings are clear. Complex because how we, as Catholics living our daily lives in a constantly changing and fast paced modern world, responding to the demands of our jobs, families, friends, organizations and church, live out our discipleship and stewardship can vary from day to day, from moment to moment, as our focuses shift.
But God asks of only one priority -- put Him first. If we take time to put Him first, everything else will fall into place.
We’re still in the grip of a hot and sunny summer, but August brings a wakeup call. By month’s end, visiting relatives have gone home, schools will be open, and college kids have packed up and left for the halls of academia. What’s all that mean for the Christian steward?
The parish is where the Church lives, and stewards are the lifeblood of a successful parish. In the parish, we find community and support, liturgy and ritual, sacrament and healing. In the parish, we find a way to give and a way to receive. On a practical level, August is the time when parish planning gears up for the seasons ahead. Now, for a Christian steward, is the time to prayerfully consider your own involvement in the life of the parish in the coming year. How might we serve – and be served? The Christian steward knows participation in the parish is a win-win situation, feeding us as we feed others.
Where to begin? Flip through St. Austin’s Guide Book & Directory, coming to your mailbox next week. Browse the ministries on our website, or take our Spiritual Gifts Inventory. What calls to you? Respond to your deep desire. Maybe you’re the party planner who’d love to serve on parish event committees. Or perhaps you have a heart for helping those in need. Do you enjoy sharing your faith with children or adults? Are you called to lector, or perhaps to take the Eucharist to the homebound? Possibly you see a ministry missing and want to propose it. Perhaps, as a long time steward, you want to be part of revitalizing the stewardship efforts of St. Austin or assisting parish leadership in planning for our future.
August is a perfect time to reflect on where – not “if” – you are called. August provides time to pray about where your own road to discipleship leads you next.