22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In preparation for the feast of St. Theresa on October 1, 2017 and Renewal of
Commitment Sunday on November 18/19, 2017, the Parish Pastoral Council in
collaboration with the Stewardship and Liturgy Committee approved the following theme
for this year: Marriage and Family: The Original Stewards of God’s Creation.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Pastoral Letter: Stewardship:
A Disciples Response, provide us a theology of stewardship and how we can participate in
caring and cultivating the world.
Stewards of Creation
The Bible contains a profound message about the stewardship of material creation: God
created the world, but entrusts it to human beings. Caring for and cultivating the world
involves the following:
▪ Joyful appreciation for the God-given beauty and wonder of nature;
▪ Protection and preservation of the environment, which would be the stewardship of
ecological concern;
▪ Respect for human life—shielding life from threat and assault, doing everything that
can be done to enhance this gift and make life flourish; and
▪ Development of this world through noble human effort—physical labor, the trades
and professions, the arts and sciences. We call such effort “work.” Work is a fulfilling
human vocation.
The Second Vatican Council points out that, through work, we build up not only our world
but the Kingdom of God, already present among us. Work is a partnership with God—our
share in a divine human collaboration in creation. It occupies a central place in our lives
as Christian stewards.
Stewards of Vocation
Jesus calls us, as his disciples, to a new way of life—the Christian way of life—of which
stewardship is part. But Jesus does not call us as nameless people in a faceless crowd.
He calls us individually, by name. Each one of us—clergy, religious, lay person; married,
single; adult, child—has a personal vocation. God intends each one of us to play a unique
role in carrying out the divine plan. The challenge, then, is to understand our role—our
vocation—and to respond generously to this call from God. Christian vocation entails the
practice of stewardship. In addition, Christ calls each of us to be stewards of our personal
vocations, which we receive from God.

 

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