“To anyone who has, more will be given.” (Lk 8:18)
When you read these words, do you see yourself as, “one who has” or “one who has not?” For most of the summer, I’ve been going to physical therapy appointments to recover from my reverse-shoulder replacement surgery. Just recently, my therapist mentioned that I’ll never be able to swing my surgical arm fully behind my back like I used to. After working so hard, my spirits were crushed! The surgeon also reiterated the same thing a few days later. He then reminded me to focus on all the things I can do rather than the few things I can’t.
Perhaps it’s true. Most of tend to focus on the negative rather than the positive. We have a nagging worry that we haven’t done enough, most especially in the area of pleasing God. We think that we need to do more so that we don’t lose the little we think we have. Yet a young man’s experience changed my perspective.
He was at a college Bible Study with his friends, discussing this passage when something new occurred to him. While focusing on where he might be falling short (what he “had not”) he thought he should be pondering on what God had already given him (what he “had”). In fact, the more he thought about it, the longer the list became.
He felt moved by God’s generosity that he mustered the courage to ask some of his classmates if there was anything they wanted him to pray for. He even drove to the mall to specifically offer prayers for shoppers. To his surprise, many said “yes.” He prayed for some to not be so fearful or for others to be more forgiving or for certain family members who are thinking about coming back to church. Of course, there were some who refused his offer but he continued to ask other people.
Eventually, this young man realized that the “more” God had given him wasn’t really for him; it was for him to share. This stewardship principle is true for all of us. Think of all that God has given you: friends and family, a home, food, and clothing. Even if you feel lacking in any of these areas, never forget that He has given you the Church’s sacraments and the sure hope of Heaven. As the truth of God’s generosity sinks into your heart, let it also propel you step up in your faith—and give you the “nerve” to tell just one person today that, “God loves you.”
The Confidential Financial Statement from the previous fiscal year for both St Veronica and Nativity of the Lord Parishes were submitted to the Archdiocese. An simple form of this statement is (or will be) included in the bulletin. It will be coupled by a member of the Finance Council sharing their “behind-the-numbers” insights at all Masses. Your financial donations keep our parish operating and I can’t thank you enough on how faithful you’ve been in supporting (St. Veronica/Nativity of the Lord) Parish. I will soon be preaching (or writing more articles) about everyday stewardship in anticipation of our “Financial Commitment Weekend” at the end of November.
In God’s Time,