To complete online Commitment Card please
and fill out Ministry Page.
For a printable form
a link to our Ministry Guidebook
Every year in the late Fall, we take time to fill out commitment cards as we call to mind the gift of our treasure which we have received from our God. We want to be good stewards of that which we have received, giving back to God, as we support the work and mission of His Son and the Church as well. But what of our time? How much of that do we give to the Lord? And what of the talents we have received from Him? Do we use them for His glory?
It isn't enough to come and worship Him for an hour a week. Rather, everything we do must be for His glory. In Baptism we have been made His coworkers, and must, like Him, seek to serve our brothers and sisters. This is something that is true in the secular realm as we seek to be good citizens and build up our community and society. But it is even truer of our community of faith, the place where we receive the grace of God and help one another towards heaven. The Church is One Body – but she is comprised of many parts. Imagine a body with parts which failed to work together, to help one another. A heart that didn’t pump blood to the feet, feet which refused to walk, hands which wouldn’t lift food to the mouth. It would very soon be a dead body.
We are graced to be a part of the Body of Christ. We receive so much from Him and from one another. But we must give to others as well if there is to be life – life in the whole, as well as life within ourselves. And all of this, of course, is in service to our Master, our Lord, whom we follow as disciples. This is how we grow in holiness and virtue. This is how we grow in perfection of that image and likeness of which we were created.
This weekend I invite everyone to make a commitment of your Time and Talents, whether through the forms in the church or the one online. We have published new booklets which outline the many ministries and apostolates in the parish. They are what give us life, as a community as well as individuals, as we live in imitation of Jesus Christ. Don’t just fill it out, but really reflect on the talents which God has given you, and how you might be being called to serve Him and His children.
I thank those who already give of themselves so generously and add to that life of our community. We are one body with many parts. In most communities, there is an 80-20 rule—80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. If we are to truly grow and thrive and flourish as one body, one community of faith, then every member of the community is going to need to participate, sharing what the Lord has given to them. For the gifts He gives are often meant for a wider purpose than just the individual’s good.
In the Gospel today, the Master calls the steward in to account for his care of the goods entrusted to Him. Make no mistake—Judgment Day will come for us all, and it will be a judgment. We too will be required to make an accounting of our lives, including how we cared for what He gave us. Did we squander them, being selfish and using them only for ourselves? Or were we generous, just as God is generous with us?