Why do we all hate to talk about money? Take a look at these Gospels, they are jam-packed with stories about money and belongings: The Rich Young Man (Mt 19:16-24), The Workers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1-16), Paying Taxes to the Emperor (Mt 22:15-22), The Parable of the Talents (Mt 25:14-30), The Poor Widow’s Contribution (Mk 12:41-44), The Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37), The Parable of the Rich Fool (Lk 12:16-21) and The Parable of the Lost Coin (Lk 15:8-10).
In St. Matthew’s Gospel, He even tells us “Where your treasure is, there also your heart will be” (Mt 6:21). Funny, we all love to talk about things nearest our heart.
The Gospels tell stories about money because our Heavenly Father wants to teach us to be good stewards of the treasures He so generously entrusted to us.
Stewardship of treasure is not about giving to a need, but rather it is about our need to give. A sick child may not like the medicine that will make them better and the teenager doesn’t like the curfew we enforce. However, we love them and know such things are for their own good. As parents, we know what is best for them just as Our Father knows what is best for us. Giving is the best medicine for our soul. To be a good steward we are called to live a Christ-centered life. The Bible stories listed above show numerous examples of Jesus’s disappointment when we are greedy, lazy or selfish. However, He is overjoyed when we follow in His example of generosity in all the gifts He so generously gave to us. Don’t we all want our Lord to say to us “ ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ ” – Matthew 25:21
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.