It All Belongs to God

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016

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When the collection basket passes you by at Church, what are you thinking?

The reality is that your spiritual health is tied into what you think and what you do with your money. People like to say that stewardship doesn’t have to do with money, but the reality is that money is such a strong force in our lives, if we relegate it to something outside of our spiritual journey, it has the potential to sneak up on us and take control before we know it. In marriage, money is the source of most arguments and stress between spouses. The majority of big lottery winners find their lives in shambles just a few years after they cashed in the winning ticket. Credit card debt is a primary obstacle for many in trying to buy a house, car, or other primary item needed for basic living.

Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters… You cannot serve both God and mammon (wealth or riches.)” I heard a long time ago the P.T. Barnum quote, “Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” The truth is that unless we exercise true dominion over our money and allow it to serve God’s purpose, then we run the risk of waking up one day being enslaved by it. This does not only apply to what we give away to our parish, our community, or to charity. It applies to the money we use for shelter, food, and clothing. It applies to every dollar in our wallet and bank account. For it ALL belongs to God.

When the next offertory comes upon you, think before that basket passes you by. Place your offering into the basket first with the gratitude toward God for that gift. Then, may your offering remind you of who is the real Master. May you allow your Master to lead you in all things.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

One thought on “It All Belongs to God

  1. You did an excellent presentation in Lethbridge. I do agree with stewardship and how it is achieved. We were putting on a retreat “getting to know Jesus”. Many were coming so our Priest suggested $25.00 to cover some of the costs the rest of us who had been through the retreat said this was wrong and there is no cash cost in getting to know Jesus. Those who are supporting the individual will cover all costs. After much discussion with our Priest he finally agreed. Our retreat people increased to the point that 62 was all we could accommodate for the weekend and our support grew to 200 individuals for the weekend with more finances than required. This began in 1967 with no charge and has had up to 6 weekend retreats a year in this area. The retreat has moved to over several cities and still flourishes with sufficient funds that we always have 10% tithe to some Christian group or charity. Oh yes it is called Live-In and theme is always “Getting To Know Jesus”.

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