"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
As I mentioned in my homily on the 13th and 14th, I recently attended a conference on Stewardship. It was one of the goals of St. Luke’s to be a Stewardship Parish. There are four steps in the process of Stewardship. The first is hospitality. The second is prayer. The third is formation. The fourth is service.
The path of Stewardship is the path of every disciple. We are called by Christ, and until we’ve seen him looking on us with love it is impossible to truly be his disciple. That love radiating from the face of Christ calls us to share that same gift of love, to become a gift ourselves. This involves surrender to the will of God calling us to transform our society.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you snippets from the USCCB’s document on stewardship. Please pray over the next few weeks about how you and your family are being called to be a gift for St. Luke’s Parish, and through St. Luke’s to the greater city of Ankeny.
May God be with you.