Service is also often referred to as “stewardship.” According to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
, the concept of stewardship involves:
- receiving God's gifts gratefully
- cultivating them responsibly
- sharing them lovingly with others
- returning them with increase to God
Stewardship includes the concept of safeguarding - using wisely and justly - our human and financial resources. It is frequently expressed as a call to give our time, talent and financial resources to God, especially through the Church.
Stewardship is about how we care for the possessions that God has entrusted to us. It calls us to nurture our relationships with God, our families, our church, our workplace, our environment, our suffering neighbors, and our world.
Stewardship is a personal response as Christians to the Gospel call to conversion of mind and heart. Stewardship is a faith response to share all we have and thus participate fully in God's plan for our world.
This is our time to understand the real meaning of stewardship and make a vital difference for Christ King by returning to the Lord our prayer, talents and treasure. As parishioners it is important that we encourage one another to enrich our faith at Christ King. As we build stronger in faith we naturally will build a stronger parish and community. It is our responsibility to fulfill our time and commitment for the present along with preparing for the next generation and beyond.
Pope Francis recently stated to young people, “I would ask the many young people present to be generous with their God-given talents for the good of others, the Church and our world.” He added, “In the end we will be judged on our love for others and especially those in need.” Might that be our motivation at any stage in life.
God has blessed you? Who will you bless?
To what are you called? How will you serve?