January is the time to thank God for the blessings of last year and make resolutions for the new year. But, are we really assessing the true needs in our life? There is certainly nothing wrong with a promise to live a healthier life and spend less time on social media throughout 2019. What about stewardship? Actually, both of these are helping us be good stewards. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Good health enables us to use our gifts and talents to serve the Lord. Our time is precious and less time on social media gives us more time to serve God.
Are we really using our New Year’s resolution to try to be a better steward of our gifts and talents? There is no better time than a fresh new year to examine our prayer life and charitable generosity. Developing a deeper relationship with God and answering His call to be a good steward with the gifts He so graciously gave us is a resolution with eternal benefits.
In this week’s second reading we are reminded of the stewardship of God’s grace in St. Paul’s letter to the Christians in Ephesus. “Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation.” (Ephesians 3:2)
A great way to start the new year is with the promise of a daily appointment with God. Taking time out of each day to pause and listen to God’s voice, seek His guidance and thank Him is the first step to a deeper relationship with Christ.
When was the last time we bumped up our weekly contribution to your parish? Calculate your donation and adjust your tithing to match the bonus you just earned at work is a great opportunity to be a good steward.
With God’s grace we can accomplish all our New Year’s resolutions and with resolutions to be good stewards we will be graced with a deeper relationship with God.
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.
Stewardship Prayer for the New Year
Lord of new life,
Thank you for the gift of a new year.
You have entrusted us with the coming days,
weeks and months as stewards of your divine plan;
to live in gratitude, joy, and an ever growing confidence
in your Kingdom to come.
We ask for the humility to reform our lives;
the courage to commit ourselves to you no matter the cost;
and the wisdom to shine the light of faith on others.
Open our hearts, give us your Spirit and show us how to
share your love so that we may bring hope to a world
in need of your justice and peace.
We pray to be a sign of your grace in this new year
through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.