Stewardship Corner

August 2020

Aug 29

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Oh, boy. St. Paul is talking about prayer again and here sets out a daunting prayer challenge: first we must figure out how we are conforming to this age and then we must discern what is the will of God. In 2015 Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. This is ostensibly about care for the environment but any...
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Aug 25

For from God and through God and for God are all things.

Today’s reading from Paul immediately follows last week’s passages about God delivering all to disobedience so that God may show mercy. The preceding verses, 34 and 35, are based in Isaiah and Job: “For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been God’s counselor? Who has given the Lord anything that he may be...
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Aug 14

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

What? God delivers all to disobedience??? Well, God, after all, did put the snake in Eden. There is no redemption without sin. Those of us who are worried about empty churches and grown children who are at best Christmas and/or Easter Catholics often are tempted to think that the secular world will win out. But we need to keep our faith. People...
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Aug 10

Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison of Herod Antipas, the Jewish ruler of Galilee. Jesus tries to find some solitude, some quiet. He gets into a boat and flees to a deserted place. But the crowds will not be denied, and despite his...
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Aug 10

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as “an understanding mind.” Heart vs mind and understanding vs listening. Apparently this phrase is not easy to translate! “Heart” seems to carry the notion of compassion better...
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