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Stewardship is the recognition that everything is a gift from God. There is nothing on this earth that we have not received as a gift from Him. Our life, our world, our resources, our family, our education, our talents, our gifts, our charisms, all of these things are gifts from God.
A disciple of Jesus Christ knows that everything has been given to them by God and so desires to give back to God in thanksgiving for all the many blessings received.
Giving and generosity is an essential part of being a disciple of Jesus. Stewardship is not about what God needs from you, but rather our need to give back to God. We were created to praise God and to do so with all of our lives. If we want to experience the freedom that God has for us, it is a necessity for us to be generous back to God by giving of our time, talent, and treasure.
Our time is a gift from God. Stewardship involves spending time with Jesus. Recognizing that every day is a gift from God, we strive to spend some time of each day with Him, through prayer, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Scripture reading, quiet meditation and other spiritual activities. We can also spend time with the community of God at the parish and attending workshops or parish missions that help us to grow in our faith in order that we spend more time with Our Lord.
God has given each of us certain talents and charisms. He has given us the ability to sing, to paint, to administer, to be hospitable, to be a craftsman, to intercede for others, to evangelize, to heal, to teach, to prophesy, to serve, to write, to play an instrument, or to lead. Some of these are gifts given by God at our baptism in order to help build up the Body of Christ. They are supernatural gifts. Others are human talents that we can develop and use to help others. There are many opportunities at the Holy Redeemer to share your charisms and your talents and to build up the Body of Christ.
"God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor 9:7). We are called to be generous in giving back to God from our monetary wealth. Jesus praised the generous widow who gave all that she had. Jesus, Himself, held nothing back from us when He gave Himself totally for us on the Cross. One way that we can honor God is to "tithe." Tithing is a tradition rooted in the Bible, where a person gives the first 10% of their income to give in the honor of God. Abraham gave 10% to Melchizedek (Gen 14:18-20)
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce; then will your barns be filled with grain, with new wine your vats will overflow.
Tithing is a way that we can express our gratitude to God for all the many ways He has taken care of us. It allows us to be grateful for what we do have and it helps us to not give into materialism or consumerism. Jesus warned us "You cannot serve both God and mammon" (Mt 6:24). Those who give 10% have expressed financial security, more peace, more joy, and more trust in the Lord.