Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

What does stewardship have to do with vocations? When we think of vocations we typically think of someone being called to the priesthood or religious life, when in fact every one of us has a vocation. Our vocation is simply the path God is calling us to take in our life. As Christians we are all called to be a disciple of Jesus.
What does it mean to live out a Christian vocation? As a Christian disciple, we are called to live a life of stewardship. To do this, we first have to discern God’s will for our lives. How does God want us to use the gifts He gave to us? God was amazingly creative when He distributed gifts and talents to each of us. What one of us excels at, the other may struggle to accomplish. Personally, I get faint at the sight of blood, so it was pretty clear that my vocation was not in the medical field. Thankfully God blessed us with talented people in that field to care for us.
It is our unique gifts and talents that makes our world so incredible. If each of us had the same gifts, we would be lacking in so many areas. That is why as good stewards it is so important to embrace our talents and share them with our parish family, at work and in all that we do.
We are called to grow in our faith and to continue to learn more about our faith. To be a good steward means that we are committed to learn more about God and our Church so we can fully live our faith.
Jesus said we must take up our cross and follow Him. The way of discipleship is not supposed to be easy. Jesus told us to deny ourselves. To be a disciple we must be willing to relinquish our power, our status, wealth and control. Discipleship requires the willingness to embrace costly grace.
When we embrace our vocation and live as a disciple of Jesus, we make the world a better place.
“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.” Romans 12:4-5
­­— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

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