Father Dennis Noon
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 4:15pm

            “For we have brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it” (1Tim.6:17-19). This passage is one of many in Scripture which helps us to understand and become aware of what the concept of Stewardship is all about and how, by discovering its true meaning, we will undergo personal transformation. We are reminded that all of the “things” of this world are gifts from God and should be used to bring us closer to God – the end for which we are created. Contrary to what many people feel or assume, Stewardship is not a hidden term for fund-raising. It is a powerful concept that will change our faith life as individuals and as a parish for Stewardship is a way of life. It is based on the biblical view of God as Creator and us as His servants. We are accountable to Him for the use of our gifts of time, talent and treasure which He gives us for our life on earth. Stewardship provides us with the foundation for a deepened faith for all of us. Stewardship begins with an awakening of the need that we have that no one can dispute, because it is universal and ever-present. It is the personal need of each one of us to return to the Lord, a portion of gifts He has given us of time, talent and treasure in gratitude for what He has done for us. Putting God in our lives by practicing Stewardship deepens our faith in a way we never dreamed possible. Through prayerful reflection may we let this concept transform our hearts so that we may live a life of greater fulfillment and peace.