We are called to works of mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead, and give alms to the poor. Can the person who does not believe in Jesus do these things? Absolutely! The question is what difference it makes that you are disciples of Jesus Christ.
It is easy to get tangled up in the world and lose sight of that which is eternal. The emotions and feelings we have in any given situation are gifts from God. Some would say we are most alive when we are in grief. However, it is also the ability to move from that point to a point of hope that makes us human.
Jesus had to die so that he might rise again. It is the Resurrection that provides the meaning for the cross. Without Jesus’ rising, the events of the Passion are simply some grotesque sequence of man’s inhumanity toward man. We must die to ourselves so that Jesus can live through us.
In the life of a Christian, reflections on the mysteries of faith are necessary to bridge the gap of time and space between the historical event of the death and resurrection of Jesus and its redeeming power today. This is the transformative power of Everyday Stewardship.
What has ever happened to you that Jesus cannot understand? What pain can you ever feel that he has not felt? Who is this God we follow and call Lord? It is the God who cared enough for us that He dared become like us in all things, even unto suffering and death.
Much of the world will never understand the value of true sacrifice. They, like those at the time, will ask why he did not make it stop and why he did not save himself. But if we look with the eyes of faith, we will see something quite different.
Even when we do not feel like it, we are called to bear witness to the Gospel. Even when we feel spent and battered by the world, we are called to preach the Good News to the world. This is not only because of God’s call on our life, but because even when it seems all hope is lost, with Jesus, love will always prevail.
When God calls us, sometimes we are fearful of the future or the struggle ahead. We may wish there was another way. We may be destined to fall frequently on our journey, but our strength of character and our maturity as a disciple is measured by our commitment. To be committed to God means being committed to carrying on even when the journey is most difficult.
When we step forward in kindness and compassion, small miracles happen all the time. We may never see the miracle occur like Veronica, but we are called to have faith that God continues to work in the lives of others long after we planted seeds of charity and love.
Stewardship sometimes dictates that we step forward to offer help. Stewardship also calls us to accept the help of others. Meaningful and important goals cannot always be reached by using our gifts alone. Jesus did not object to Simon’s help. He needed Simon to help complete the journey.
To give completely like a mother gives to her children is a profound gesture. Our Lady gave her entire self, even if it meant suffering unimaginable pain. Sometimes we are called to give until it hurts. But if we are to follow the example of Mary, we will respond regardless of the cost.