Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

February reminds us that stewardship is responding to God’s call to give with a loving heart. Everything we have, such as our intellectual gifts, material resources, personalities and talents are all generous gifts from our loving God. Several readings this month remind us to use our gifts with LOVE above everything else.
St. Paul stated in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, … ” (1 Corinthians 13:4) Yes, this is the reading most commonly proclaimed at weddings. However, in this reading St. Paul is not only talking about loving our spouse. His message to the Corinthians clearly states that we are to do all things out of love. He gives several examples of how we can use our gifts to do amazing things, but if we do them without love then we have done nothing.
As faithful Christian Stewards, we should strive to be less “self-centered” and more “God-centered.”
In St. Luke’s Gospel we are reminded that we are even called to love our enemies and give generously without reward. “But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without expecting anything back.” (LUKE 6:35) Well that is easier said than done. However, as faithful stewards striving to imitate Christ, we should practice mercy and compassion more frequently. Start with the little aggravations that we experience, the unkind word or hateful look we receive. Rather than plotting revenge on that person, live in loving stewardship by saying a quick prayer for that person. Mercy and compassion will put us on the path to holiness.
“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
­­— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

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