Time ▪ Talent ▪ Treasure
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
–St Francis of Assisi
Stewardship is a life-long process; following Jesus is the work of a lifetime.
Stewardship of Time
Stewardship begins with the care of and sharing the gift of time. Time is one of the most precious possessions we have. How we spend our time is perhaps the clearest indication of our progress in a life of Christian discipleship. Time once spent can never be recovered. God gives us the present as gift to use as good stewards. It means seeing our lives, 24 hours each day, as an opportunity to serve the Lord and to build up the Kingdom.
Stewardship of Talent
Stewardship of talent means nurturing, developing and using the God-given abilities which define us as unique individuals. Talents are special blessings each of us has received from a loving Creator who values us as part of His ongoing creation. When we volunteer to work for our parish or help our neighbor, we share “who we are” for the good of others. What is your talent?
Stewardship of Treasure
Almost half of Jesus’ parables mention money or material possessions: the lost coin, the widow’s mite, the buried treasure in the field, the rich young man, and the Good Samaritan. Stewardship of treasure is not about giving to a need, but a need to give. Stewards are Christ-centered rather than self-centered. It is important for us to share what we have because all good things God has made are meant to be shared. It is how we give thanks to a loving God for the many blessings we have received. Giving is a faith response. The response of a faithful disciple.