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saint luke the evangelist

Sunday, November 10

Today’s readings challenge us to focus on the “why” of stewardship. Why embrace this challenging way of life when it seems hard enough just to meet the demands of our daily lives and responsibilities? Because this life is not all there is. While we cannot earn our way into Heaven, what we do now with the life God has given us has eternal consequences. Stewardship living helps us to keep focused on our hoped-for destination in the choices we make each day.

In our Gospel passage from Luke, Christ reminds us we were made for more than just this life, and our choices have eternal consequences. In this passage our Lord corrects some Saducees for their mistaken notion that there is no resurrection. He instructs that “those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead... can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.

Stewardship is not about the particular amount or kind of time, talent and treasure that we offer. It is about the conviction that everything we have is a gift from our loving God. Revisiting these three aspects of our lives on a regular basis, prayerfully discerning the best use of our gifts, and putting this down in writing clarifies and strengthens our conviction to put God first.

That is the “why” of stewardship.