Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,
In a 24 hour day there are 1,440 minutes. Each one of us will fill those 1,440 minutes very full all seven days of the week. Sometimes we need several hundred more minutes to our day for all that just has to be done!
Here is a challenge for all of you and for me. God has given us the gift of time. God has asked each one to be good stewards of all that He has given to us, including the gift of TIME.
The challenge is to tithe the use of our gift of time back to God in prayer. The challenge is to pray for 10% of one day, 144 minutes (2 hours and 24 minutes) a week. Of course this 144 minutes is only 10% of one of the 7 days in a week, but perhaps tithing 144 minutes a week in prayer is enough of a challenge.
Tithing the gift of time is a recognition that even time is a gift of God. Being a good steward of all that God gives us means that we return our tithe—our 10% back to God. We are to return the best and first portion of our time to God. That would mean praying when we are awake and not right before we fall asleep at night. That would mean that we are looking for the best moments in a day to give back to God—to be in touch with our God who is so generous and loving.
To help us all consider our Stewardship of time, we will be having a “Stewardship of Prayer” opportunity at our mass on September 11. We will have two sided cards so each one can mark ways that we can commit ourselves to pray and get close to that 144 minutes a week. There will be places for “other” times and ways of prayer that you can fill in as well. You can take one copy home to remember your commitments. May we all become good stewards of God’s gift of time by giving God back His gift to us in prayer.
I want to thank all of you who set up tables and gathered information for our Ministry Fair last week. It was great to see how much is going on at St. Luke’s. Thank you to all who found out more about what is happening at St. Luke’s and for those who signed up for activities and ministries. It is how we become the Body of Christ and continue the Church founded on the Rock of Peter as Jesus said in last week’s gospel.
I wish to welcome Jenifer Mulcahy as St. Luke’s part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper and Cindy Clefisch as our part time Faith Formation coordinator. They will begin their work in the next few days. May some of your 144 minutes of prayer be for the new staff at St. Luke’s in the days ahead.
Fr. Larry Hoffmann