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St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor


It is the post-Easter readings that give neophytes their continued instruction about how a disciple lives. Today’s first reading gives us an example of what being a disciple of Jesus Christ living the stewardship way of life is all about.

It is I; do not be afraid. (John 6: 20)

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4: 10)

In the first reading, the leaders of the Greek community complained that their widows were not getting the same distribution of food as the Jewish widows. The apostles went to the people and asked them to pick seven men from among themselves to help take care of this need. The seven men chosen were to be persons who have made a conscious decision to actively be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost. These men expressed their discipleship by being good stewards. They knew how important it was to give time to the needs of the widows. Each would give according to his talent, understanding that they had a duty and responsibility to use their gifts for others by virtue of their discipleship.

It is the post-Easter readings that give neophytes their continued instruction about how a disciple lives. Today’s first reading gives us an example of what being a disciple of Jesus Christ living the stewardship way of life is all about. When we share our voice or play a musical instrument or participate in church ministries, we fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ, especially when it’s helping parishes or church communities carry out their ministry to the poor, hungry, homeless and anyone in need. Money is also certainly a great asset and necessity for the growth of the mission of Jesus Christ. Stewardship is easier to live when we trust and believe what Jesus said, “It is I, do not be afraid.”

Sr. Barbara Croom, ASC



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