What is stewardship?

posted May 4, 2012, 11:08 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
Stewardship is a personal response as Christians to the Gospel call to conversion of mind and heart. Stewardship is a faith response to share all we have and thus participate fully in God's plan for our world. Stewardship is an expression of discipleship - how we understand and live our lives. Whatever we are and possess is in actuality God's gift that we hold in trust. God calls us to be collaborators in the work of creation, redemption and sanctification. Jesus enjoins us to live in witness to His love with such an enthusiasm that we freely and gratefully share our gifts with others. Stewardship is part of our Catholic tradition and who we are as Church. God is the source of all we have and are, and we can learn to see ourselves as caring in the work of God by the way we live, by the way we use our time, talents and financial resources. Stewardship calls for commitment and, for some of us, that might mean a radical conversion. We need to avoid the temptation to make giving an end in itself - it is part of something much larger. It is a complete sharing of yourself to your parish community and the diocese. We are constantly hearing, “Stewardship is NOT just about money,” and it isn't. By embracing the lessons stewardship teaches us, we learn to receive all our gifts gratefully from God, tend them responsibly, share them with others, and give back with increase to God. We know in our hearts that if all were to live a stewardship life, resources would flow as people give of themselves to the Church without thought or question. Stewardship is about engaging actively in the Christian life in our time, talents, and financial resources.