sharing our time, talent & Treasure
When we fully recognize God as the giver of all that is good, we see our Lord exactly as who he is: the Creator and Giver of all that we have and all that we are.
When we choose to live as stewards, we become grateful receivers of the abundant gifts God showers on us.
We become eager to cultivate those gifts out of our loving friendship with Christ.
And we recognize that, filled with appreciation for all the abundance God has given, we have an innate need to become grateful givers of all God has entrusted to us.
Do we gratefully share our talents for the enrichment of our faith community?
Talents are the special gifts that are uniquely ours. Every member of our faith community has been given talents as gifts from God.
It is because God gave us these special talents that we are each able to earn a living and provide for our families.
Holy Trinity Parish boasts over sixty ministries. Do we share the talents which God has uniquely given to us in one or more of these ministries? Do we use our aptitudes, interests, passions, skills and abilities to further God’s kingdom in our parish?
Does gratefully giving back to God come first in our list of spending priorities?
We are stewards – not owners – of the treasure and possessions in our care. All we have, including our money, are gifts from God who gave us these gifts so that we would care for them and find ways to use them to improve the lives of others.
We all have different levels of income, yet the least affluent among us are rich in comparison to the rest of the world. As such, we are not called to equal giving, but we are called to equal sacrifice.
Our spending habits say a great deal about our values and priorities. How much is spent on a car, dining out, the latest gadget or entertainment? In comparison, where does God fall on our list of spending priorities?
Sacred Scripture tells us to “Honor the Lord with the first fruits of all you produce.” (Proverbs 11:24) Have we established a purposeful, intentional, annual plan for honoring God with our treasure?
Do we gratefully reserve the one hour each week where we meet Jesus?
God gives all of us 24 hours a day and 168 hours a week.
For each of us, time remains our most valuable commodity as we seek to balance all the competing demands in our life. We need to find time for work, family, service to others, recreation, rest and, of course, prayer and worship.
But as Christians, aware that our very lives themselves are a gift from God, do we make “time for God” a priority in our busy lives? Do we join together on Sunday with our parish community to worship as the Body of Christ? Do we lovingly center our lives around the Eucharist, making it the “source and summit” of our life as Catholics?
Is daily prayer simply a task on our schedule that can be easily moved or canceled? Do we pray each day, acknowledging the Lord’s dominion in our lives, thanking Him for the blessings given us, and laying our needs and the needs of others at His feet?