Stewardship & Christ the King

(November 20, 2022)

Bottom line: Jesus is our king - from him we receive all and to him we owe all.

Before introducing our Stewardship witness speaker, let's take a look at our second reading in light of Stewardship - time, talent and treasure:

"Let us give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light."

Stewardship begins with gratitude. Time and abilities, energy and the opportunities to study and work ultimately come from God. He makes us fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones.

"He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

The powers of darkness want to rob us of God's gifts, beginning with the precious gift of time. some of you, like me, have started scrolling our phones and pretty soon we've lost an hour we'll never get back. Jesus wants to deliver us from the power of darkness and bring us forgiveness and a new beginning.

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible..."

Jesus is the source. We depend on him.

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church."

You and I are like members of a body - heart and lungs, hands and feet. We belong to Jesus and to one another.

"For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross..."

Jesus is the "fullness". You've heard that God cannot be outdone in generosity. Like many of you, I have found that when I give God's gifts return in abundance. Jesus is our king - from him we receive all and to him we owe all. With that in mind, I ask you to give full attention to our Stewardship witness speaker.

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From Archives (Homilies for Christ the King, Year C):

2019: Our Challenge
2016: Stewards of Mercy Week 4: He Made an Agreement
2013: The Opposite of Faith
2010: The King Over All Kings
2007: Life & Death of a Thief
2004: To Sneer or Not to Sneer
2001: Jesus, Remember Me
1998: The Great Secret

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