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Ephesians 3:1-3
Friday, January 25 2013

Stewards of Grace...

After Christ's resurrection, He called on His disciples to continue His mission in the world:

Because of this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ (Jesus) for you Gentiles - if, as I suppose, you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for your benefit,(namely, that) the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly earlier. -Ephesians 3:1-3, NAB

St. Paul recognized Christ's call on his life to help grow, build, and manage the Church, and like him, our bishops, priests, and deacons are called to do the same as stewards of grace.

Merriam-Webster defines a steward as someone employed to "manage domestic concerns (as the supervision of servants, collection of rents, and keeping of accounts)."  In other words, a steward manages the day-to-day affairs of the household.

We often think of our priests simply as teachers of the Word, but as stewards of the Church, our priests manage the daily operations for Christ on Earth.  Where would the Church be without their guidance in our daily affairs?  We see the work of our Catholic leaders shine on Sunday mornings, but it is the work they do the other six days of the week that truly helps the Church to thrive.

Our priests organize volunteers, take care of our parishes, settle disputes, and manage the finances of the Church on Earth - duties we sometimes take for granted. Let us always be grateful for the hard work and long hours that our leaders put in on a daily basis to lead the Church to success.

This is the part of vocations that some may forget.  A priestly vocation takes more than just a love of God; it requires a love for His people, as well.  To manage the operations of Christ's Church, it takes a great deal of caring, patience, and understanding for God's people.

Our bishops, priests, and deacons manage the day-to-day affairs of the Church - ensuring that Christ's work continues today.  May God continue to bless us with great leaders who act as stewards of grace.

NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings.  Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).


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