Daily Reflection for Friday, September 02, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Responsorial: Psalm 37:3-4, 5-6, 27-28, 39-40
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
The words “servant” and “steward” caught our attention. “Servant” is defined as “a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties and a person in the service of another.” The word “steward” is defined as “a person appointed by an organization or group to supervise the affairs of that group at certain functions.” So, as we reflected on being “servants of Christ” and “stewards of the mysteries of God,” we think of how we are all blessed with special skills, abilities, and talents. These blessings are gifts from God which God wants us to use to bless others and to help in building His kingdom.
Recently, we accepted a parish invitation to learn live streaming so as to be God’s servants in our church community. As technology changes, our standard way of church worship also changes. Gone are the hymnals; now song lyrics are telecast on the front wall of church. Our proficiency with PowerPoint helped us to learn the software that makes projecting the song lyrics possible. God is using our talents—especially our talents in computer technology—and faithfulness to advance His goals.
Thinking back when I (Dorothy) was growing up, I remember my father being a “steward” at Perkins Chapel A.M.E. Church (established in 1905) in Wilmore, Kentucky. My father was responsible for many things. Years ago, he carried coal to the church and built the fire to make the church comfortable. He used his backhoe to clean snow during the winter so worshippers could travel safely. He was the church treasurer, and many times he was asked to lead in singing a hymn. He used his talents and gifts to create unity and a spiritual atmosphere within the church and community.
Have duties of stewards and servants changed throughout the years? Yes, but our journey to Christ is the same—we just learn new ways. Learning to be a servant and steward for God is amazing. We are blessed by serving, and the church community is also blessed to have volunteers eager to learn. Everyone gains—the giver and the receiver. Remember, a gift of talent is a special gift only you can give.
In the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “It is in giving that we receive.”
Blessings to all,
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander