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Saturday, September 1, 2001

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1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Psalm 98
Matthew 25:14-30

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the slavery and mystery of stewardship

"He called in his slaves and handed his funds over to them." —Matthew 25:14, our transl.

Stewardship is very important to the Lord. On Judgment Day, we will be held accountable for our stewardship. Stewardship is not only a matter of money — it involves much more than even our "time, treasure, and talent." Stewardship is nothing less than a matter of ownership.

Stewardship is the profound realization, admission, and application of the fact that everything belongs to the Lord, including ourselves. Stewardship means to acknowledge that we are not our own (1 Cor 6:19; see also Gal 2:20). Stewardship is not only being God's servants but being His slaves (see Mt 25:14 in the Greek). Consequently, stewardship is a most radical decision. It is a great act of faith and love. Stewardship can be lived only by God's grace.

It is a great privilege to be chosen and graced to be God's slaves and stewards. One day in His courts is better "than a thousand elsewhere" (Ps 84:11). Make the decision for stewardship, slavery to God, radical love, and ultimate joy.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for the slavery and mystery of stewardship.

Promise:  "Work with your hands as we directed you to do, so that you will give good example to outsiders and want for nothing." —1 Thes 4:12

Praise:  Acknowledging that all is the Lord's, Miranda frequently gives away prized possessions to show her love for her Lord and others.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, February 13, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 20, 2001