Mother Knows Best

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016


I remember when I was young my Mother would make sure I wrote thank you notes to anyone and everyone I could. I would write a thank you note for a gift at Christmas. I would write a thank you note for the gift of time to a teacher or guidance counselor. I didn’t mind writing them. It just seemed to me that she put so much pressure on me and made it seem they were the most important acts in the world.

When I was then older, I realized that not everyone wrote thank you notes. In fact, many people don’t even offer a word of gratitude to your face while you are in the act of helping them! My assumption when I was a child that everyone understood the importance of gratitude was just that: an assumption, and an incorrect one.

We can often assume that in today’s world this lack of thankfulness is even more profound than in the past. But Jesus healed ten lepers and only one felt the need to return and offer thanks, and he was a Samaritan, a foreigner and societal outsider to the Jewish Jesus. But this one man, due to his movement of thanksgiving and faith, received something much more than a cure for an illness of the body. He received the salvation of his soul.

As good everyday stewards, we are called to be grateful in all things. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians, “In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” It is not so much that gratitude changes anything, but it is who we are as Christians. It is God’s will for us to truly become living examples of the transforming power of thanksgiving, whether we have our Mother telling us to give thanks or not.

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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.

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