SIMPLE STEWARDSHIP: Offer Your Talent
Remembering that Christian Stewardship is a “converted way of life” acknowledging that everything we have is a gift from a loving God. Accordingly, we should receive God’s gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them, share them with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. In this way, stewardship of “the gift of talent” means nurturing and applying the God-given abilities and characteristics that individually define us.
“In service to one, in service to all.”
This phrase, which is the motto of the Knights of Columbus, encapsulates the two great commandments of Jesus Christ: to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbor as ourselves (cf. Mt 22:37-40) and suggests that the way we best live out those commandments is in parish work where we share our “talents.”
When we volunteer to help others by sharing our talents with them, we give something more precious than our time or money. We give them something of ourselves, an intimate sharing of “who we are” for the good of others.
Quite often in his Homily, Father Michael calls for a “good dose of the Holy Spirit” to come upon us all and renew our enthusiasm for serving the Lord. You may also remember that our “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek enthousiasmos, meaning “inspiration or possession by god.” He reminds us that our “faith on fire” also starts in our homes and (by extension) our parish home.
To be sure, our parish and school are blessed with many volunteers who share their talents with others. These Stewards share of themselves by visiting the sick or frying fish, from coaching youth to serving on our parish commissions. These gifts of self are every bit as important as the financial contributions we make to support the Parish’s ministry.
Soon, you may be "called to serve" on one of the Mission Direct Ministries here at St. William. We prayerfully ask that you answer His call, embrace the mantle of Christian Stewardship, and graciously offer those “talents” you have so richly been given by God.