September 4, 2020

There are many places in the gospel documenting the encounters Jesus and his disciples had with the scribes and Pharisees. Why did he “hang out with them?” Or did they follow him like reporters, asking questions? To learn? Interested or not? These keepers of the law, ritual, and tradition were like us: stewards of God, being faithful as they knew it. They upheld their beliefs and values—values that Jesus seemed to threaten.

Today’s readings invite us to become better stewards: folks who live our time, talent and treasure, our stewardship, God giving and blessing us each day.

We can become stale, complacent, and fail to recognize the opportunities we have to change, to renew, or go in a different direction. Covid-19 time has challenged us to reevaluate how to spend our time. We can fail as God’s stewards to keep up with how God is calling us today to renew ourselves. We may tend to wait for liturgical seasons such as Advent or Lent to be “better.” Each day, however, we should focus on the opportunities we have to live Jesus’ parable: a parable calling us to newness, to be better than we are now, to use another gift, to discover within ourselves the treasure that will lead us to another immeasurable step of grace and goodness.

Our founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, challenged us, as he challenged himself, to be a gift of self to another. To share that gift often and, therefore, grow in the likeness of the Eucharist.

Today’s a day for unwrapping the stewardship that God has showered upon us, to deepen our traditions: we are always changing, and to change challenges us to see God’s gifts anew. What gift is waiting to remake me afresh? What gift within me will call me to the fullness of life?

Let Us Pray:

God of our many blessings and gifts, keep us faithful to your promise that you will guide us always through the many challenges and changes of life. Renew us and awaken the sense of your call. Deepen our stewardship and help us to become your living witness of the bounty of your richness. Through Christ, our LORD.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.