Stewardship Reflection

Reflection   St. Paul advises us in his letter to the Ephesians to “put away the old self of your former way of life…and put on the new self.”  Paul is calling for a conversion, a change in how we live.  Jesus began his ministry with telling people to “Repent.”  The original word Jesus said was “metanoeo,” the Greek words as reported I the Gospels.  There are two parts to this word:  the Meta means “change,” and the second noeo refers to the mind and its thought and perception.  What Jesus was really saying to us was “change your hearts and minds.” 

     We are called to a change, a transformation that puts God at the center of our lives rather than self.  This is the stewardship conversion.  This is not a one-time conversion but an ongoing one, a daily one, perhaps even more than once a day.  It is not impossible if everything we do is motivated by the desire to live as Jesus wants us to.  It is not easy, but it is joyful and fulfilling.  (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2015/07/14)

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