If you roll your eyes at the mention of the term stewardship, it’s probably because, in the modern Church, stewardship has become something of a corporate buzzword. It’s often used interchangeably with the concepts of financial endowment and volunteerism.
What do you suppose drove Zacchaeus to go out and look for Jesus? As the chief tax collector, he was hated by the people who considered him a traitor and a crook. However, something compelled him to climb up a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus.
As the seasons change, a lot of us like to clean out our homes and unload some of the junk we’ve acquired over the summer. One trendy approach to decluttering is the Marie Kondo method, named after the author who popularized it. As you do so, you hold up the items and ask yourself: “Does it spark joy?”
When you work in the Church, professionally or on a volunteer basis, you become familiar with the phenomenon known as “the zeal of the recent convert.” Sometimes, it really seems that the newly baptized are just stronger Catholics than the cradle Catholics.