Stewards of God’s Gifts
Today we celebrate Catechetical Sunday and I commission all our teachers and catechists as they begin another year of faith formation here at St. Rita Parish. This commissioning of our catechists and teachers highlights the importance of the Church’s teaching mission. The gospel today is the parable of the dishonest steward. Jesus uses this story to encourage his disciples (each of us) to use well the gifts and talents God has given us.
The word “steward” may make us think of the stewards and stewardesses who work on an airplane. Actually, this is a pretty good analogy for those who minister as catechists. These stewards of faith help others as they travel through their life of faith by sharing Christ’s message of love and life.
All of us are called to be stewards of God’s gifts. As your pastor I hope I lead by example as I use my gifts to further God’s kingdom. The teachers and catechists also do this important sharing of God’s gifts. I challenge every person in this parish to do the same. Children can serve at Mass. Teens can become involved in our youth ministry. Adults can volunteer in Church ministries or get connected to a parish organization.
Growth, education and ongoing formation isn’t only for children, it’s for all of us. It is my prayer that we all grow in our relationship with Jesus during this new school year and that we each are good stewards of God’s gifts. Peace.
P.S. Today we have our Ministry Fair. It is vital that every baptized person consider ways to connect and grow in faith. This Ministry Fair will offer a variety of ways to connect and grow – a variety of ways to serve – and I hope you entrust yourself to God’s grace and allow Him to move you to serve. We need you.