Daily Reflection for Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 4:32-37
Responsorial: Psalm 93:1-2. 5
Gospel: John 3: 7b-15
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
The community of believers was of one heart and mind. Acts 4:32
The first reading from the book of Acts gives us a great example of how the early believers supported each other by their example of stewardship. It says that when the believers sold their property, they placed the proceeds at the feet of the Apostles who distributed them to those in need. This is an example of total stewardship; what profits were made were given to the church to support it and to help those in need.
Today we believe that stewardship is recognizing that all we have is a gift from GOD - not only the material things such as 10 percent of our money but also our time and talent. These are gifts that we should use for the glory of GOD and HIS church.
Over the years the idea of gifts from GOD has pretty much narrowed down to the money we earn; the idea of donating our time and talents has slipped into the background. With the hectic pace of life these days it is easy to tell ourselves that we do not have the time to donate and since donating talent takes time, we have fallen into the idea that just writing a check is both the same and easier thing to do. In effect we are willing to “purchase” the time and talent of someone else instead of doing it ourselves.
God asks us to donate ourselves to HIS glory. When we do this total donation, we draw closer to GOD and can directly see the good that we do in HIS name.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.