February 19, 2017
“Too often we look to saints or other exemplars of Christian living and romanticize their famous actions or behaviors. What makes them models of Christian life is not some singular display of faithfulness, but instead the culmination of a lifelong effort to make the little things, like lunch or work, into moments of encountering others that then help proclaim the good news of God’s love to the world” (Daniel P. Horan, OFM,
God Is Not Fair, And Other Reasons for Gratitude).
During the month of February we’ve reflected on Christ’s teachings in his Sermon on the Mount with its hope-filled Beatitudes. Our Sunday scripture readings from the Gospel of Saint Matthew provide us with a guide for Christian living. These readings emphasize discipleship and what it means to follow Jesus.
The “blesseds” of Jesus’ Beatitudes tell how to exercise stewardship in our daily lives. Each of the Beatitudes suggests an ideal way of living and finding God living within us. Incorporating the Beatitudes into our daily lives, we ask the Lord for the wisdom and strength to follow his example of stewardship. Then we truly follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
As disciples of Jesus Christ we experience what it means to let God bring us beyond ourselves. With the help of the Holy Spirit hearts are enflamed and minds are opened to encountering God’s love. True disciples of Christ recognize the responsibility of being witnesses to the power of faith. As we share with others how following Christ has brought meaning and purpose into our lives, we sense the impact our lives may have on others in our community. “Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives” (
Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, Introduction).
A Stewardship Prayer
You sent us Your Son to show us the way to you. Grant us the wisdom to live out his Beatitudes according to the gifts we have been given. Give us the courage to be good stewards of the Gospel and fervent disciples. And show us how to recognize that through his gift of the Eucharist there is one bread and we are one body; that we live no longer for ourselves, but in Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.