Disciples and Stewards – Meditations for spiritual growth
This week, I’m happy to introduce something a little different. For the past year and a half, I have been writing a weekly meditation for the weekly bulletin at my old parish of St. Joseph. I try to keep them short and sweet while focusing on some aspect on what it means to be a disciple and steward.
The title Disciples and Stewards came from my conviction that it doesn’t make sense to try to teach stewardship if you haven’t taught how to be a disciple. Stewardship is something that a disciple does. If you’re not living discipleship, then stewardship won’t make any sense to you at all. The meditations are intended to provide a little food for thought and a little food for prayer that will help you grow in your spiritual life.
In the coming weeks and months, I’m going to start publishing a meditation from Disciples and Stewards every Monday in addition to my Wednesday fundraising reflection. If you’re interested in including these meditations in your parish bulletin, please shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
To give you a little taste of the flavor of these meditations, I’m going to start you off today with the first three. I hope you enjoy.
Disciples and Stewards #1 – The mission
The mission of the Catholic Church comes right from our Lord Jesus. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This is the Great Commission, and it’s amazing to realize that it was not just given to the Apostles, it was given to us! God calls each one of us to share in this great work of bringing the light of the Gospel to the world. He wants us to start in our neighborhood, right here.
This is YOUR mission, if you choose to accept it. When you say yes, get ready to start the adventure of a lifetime.
Disciples and Stewards #2 – Ask for it
Before we can “go therefore and make disciples,” we must first BE disciples. We cannot give what we do not have or teach what we do not know. What does it mean to be a disciple?
The Catechism sums it up neatly: “Becoming a disciple of Jesus means accepting the invitation to belong to God’s family, to live in conformity with His way of life: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (2233)
How can we know our Father’s will? The first way is ask Him. In fact, it’s in the first prayer most of us ever learned. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When you say this prayer, ask God to reveal His will for your life. He taught us this prayer because it is His great desire that we learn to live the life He wants for us. He WILL answer.
Disciples and Stewards #3 – Find out what He said already
If the first way to discover God’s will is to ask Him directly in prayer, a second is to find out what He’s said already. How often do you open your Bible? How much of your bible have you actually read? Have you ever read the whole thing cover to cover?
While it may look like an impossible task, a full length Oxford University NABRE Study Bible is almost a thousand pages SHORTER than the entire Harry Potter series. And it contains REAL miracles, REAL romances, REAL villains, and REAL heroes. There’s a reason that it’s called the Greatest Story Ever Told.
God speaks to all people in every age through the Sacred Scriptures. Open the Book and find out what He has to say to you!
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