Stewardship Corner

June 2020

Jun 20

"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

In the expanded quote in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” not once, not twice but three times! He knew that many would die for his name, and he is telling the disciples that dying is not the crucial issue; eternal life is. Fortunately, we do not have the same worry but yet we tend to be shy about proclaiming our...
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Jun 17

"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the terrorism of Jim Crow, to the more subtle racism of the north, the land has been parched and waterless. Yet the African American churches have been true to our God and have sown the seeds of justice for...
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Jun 6

"If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own."

My impression is that the Holy Trinity Sunday is the least favorite homily for pastors. I will join the angels and fear to tread there. So let us look at the first reading, where Moses is pleading with God. The people have wandered through the wilderness for forty years while the generation has died that feared that an invasion of the promised...
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