February 12, 2017
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… and sorry I could not travel both… I shall be telling this with a sigh… Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” (Robert Frost;
The Road Not Taken).
This week marks the sixth week of Ordinary Time. In our daily walk as stewards of faith, we are called by Christ to use our days for transforming ourselves in preparation for Lent, which begins Wednesday, March 1.
Being a steward/disciple of Christ calls us to live life with meaning and purpose. As we strive to live a faith-filled life, those we encounter begin to see the impact that Jesus is making in us and, before long, they no longer seek to live for themselves, but to become followers of Christ. “Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7).
How do we let God bring us beyond ourselves? We rely on the Holy Spirit to enlighten our hearts and open our minds. Pope Frances says, “Thanks solely to this encounter … with God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption. We become fully human … when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being” (
The Joy of the Gospel, 8).
“Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ, no matter the cost to themselves… Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live” (
Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, Introduction, USCCB).
Being good stewards calls us to allow God to bring us beyond ourselves. As members of Christ’s Body, we witness to the power of faith, and live as his disciples. Our transformation is recognized as the greatest gift of stewardship in the life of the Church.
A prayer to guide us on our walk to eternal life:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You. You have brought me into existence, You support me throughout my life and You invite me to share in Your life forever. How good You are to me! Protect me from moral and physical harm. Give me Your Spirit to inspire, guide and transform me. Use me for Your glory and the good of others and never let me be separated from You, my God and my all. Amen (EWTN, Family Prayer, Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA).
God Wants to Transform You: “God has a mighty, awesome, wonderful transformation in mind for you” (Matthew Kelly: