Usually on stewardship Sunday you could find me on the golf course. I apologize to Dean Higgins, Joel, Stuart, Luis, and many others whose sermons I missed. I’m sure I could have used them, but during those years I had a very narrow view of the word – stewardship – thinking it meant only money.
To the Benedictine’s and probably to all the priests I’ve offended over the years, the word stewardship has a much greater and spiritual meaning. And like me, all of us need to rethink our stewardship obligation in this time in our world’s history. We need to look beyond wise use of money when we think of stewardship, and give thought to the wise use of our world’s resources and to how do we nurture the seeds of life for every living creature.
Barbara Crafton wrote: “To allow ourselves to become chips in an electronic world, isolates in a cemented universe, women and men out of touch with the life pulse of a living God, indifferent to creation, concerned only with ourselves, and still call ourselves good is to mistake the rituals of religion for the sanctifying dimensions of spirituality.”
During this Lenten season I call on us all, especially myself, to add serious thought, meditation, and prayer about stewardship into our discipline. To contemplate the divine in the human and in nature, and to treat everything in our world as sacred.