Stewardship thoughts for June 2018

June 3 (Trinity I)

Luke 16:19 – “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.” Compared with most of human history, and even most of the world today, we have been abundantly blessed with riches in our time and place. The parable today indicates that God calls us to use this blessing according to His wisdom and priorities and not merely for our own comfort. We’ve been called to imitate God in His kindness and generosity, especially to those in need.

June 10 (Trinity II)

Luke 14:19 – “And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ ” The things of this world tempt us to cast aside the things of God. The things of this world demand our attention, time, finances, etc. But Jesus invites us to the feast – what could be more important than this gracious invitation? Today’s parable invites us to examine our own priorities and attempted excuses…and then to come home to the Lord in humble repentance.

June 17 (Trinity III)

Luke 15:5 – “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” The Lord Jesus came to seek and save what was lost. He came to put us back in the family of the Father, to restore us to the kingdom of God. We are now new creatures in Christ Jesus. In our baptism, when we are claimed by the Holy Spirit, we receive new desires, new priorities, and a new zeal for the things of God. We have been found: let our lives reflect this fact!

June 24 (Trinity IV – and Nativity of St. John the Baptist)

Luke 6:40 – “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” This statement is the key to understanding all of sanctification (how we are made holy): it starts with Jesus. He has redeemed us by His sacrifice on the cross, and now we are to follow Him. We are to grow into the image of God, to be like our Teacher, Lord, and King Jesus. We learn generosity from the one who gave His all for our sakes. How is the Lord calling you to imitate His generosity in your callings in home, church, and society?