God calls each one of us to be good stewards with the gifts He so generously entrusted to us. We are each blessed with varying amounts of each gift of time, talent and treasure. St. Peter reminds us of the call to stewardship in his first letter to the Christians when he says, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
It’s easy to think that because we may feel like we don’t have much to give, our gifts don’t really matter. That is not true! Every gift is important! God rejoices each time we choose to give a part of our time, talent and treasure joining together with other faithful stewards to make a difference in something greater than ourselves.
Jesus’ response to the poor widow’s donation is a perfect example that everyone is capable of being a good steward. God calls each and every one of us to live a life of stewardship. The child who makes a modest donation of their allowance, commits to prayer or service is rejoiced just like the poor widow.
“Calling His disciples to Himself, He said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.’ ” (Mark 12:43-44)
The important thing is that we all recognize that everything we have is a generous gift from our Lord. God asks us to return to Him a portion proportionate to what He so generously gave to us. From the smallest meager gifts to the largest gifts, when given proportionality to our means, each is a beautiful sign of generous stewardship! The Catholic Charities Appeal is evidence that good stewards are answering God’s call in the Archdiocese of Mobile.
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.