Lean On Me

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2017

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Many young people want to make a path for themselves in life without the help and guidance of others. My own young adult son oftentimes refuses assistance because he feels that he must learn to go it alone and have his achievements based solely upon his effort. However, few truly get anywhere of circumstance without the aid of others.

The Body of Christ only functions well when we move together and help each other. Unfortunately, too often parts of the Body seek to do their own thing and do not integrate with the other parts. We use our gifts in ways that are only focused on our own gains and our own being. But be mindful, our gifts exist in us to be cultivated and shared with God and His people.

In the same manner, with Jesus as the head of this Body, He is there for us as well. In Jesus we find our rest and assistance with our burdens. I cannot imagine life without the compassion and aid of our God. If it isn’t bad enough that some people fail to lean on their brothers and sisters, some of them fail to ever turn to God.

This is never good stewardship. A stewardship way of life seeks to share and integrate with others, especially Jesus. We have been created for community. If we take seriously our discipleship, a true relationship with Jesus always beckons us into community with other believers. Here we are strongest. Here we are the most fruitful. Here we are Christ’s body on earth.

Seeking New Band Members

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016

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During one visit to Cleveland for a catechetical conference, I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. I love learning the stories of bands and how they rose to fame. I love to see artifacts of days gone by, sharing with me a time I have only heard stories about and some even reminding me of the days of my youth. But it is the music that makes it all worthy of my attention. Without the music, the stories and memories have no appeal to me or anyone else.

People who come together with a singular purpose create good music, the kind that people continue to listen to for generations. When you belong in a really good band, it is more than a job. You are a part of something larger than yourself and when working collectively with the other members of the band, you can become creators of something magical.

But when a good band breaks up, the magic ends. Sometimes it is due to inflated egos, inequity in finances, or mistrust. A band member may think they can just start another band or join an existing one and the new chemistry will again lead to the creation of good music. But too often, the result is never as good as imagined.

The Body of Christ is like a band that always is able to produce great music. The bandleader is always faithful and always has the best interest of the band in mind. If his band mates can steer clear of ego, jealously, and mistrust of one another, the band will persevere and continue to make a glorious sound. And even though that melody will always be pretty, it is most beautiful when the entire band is ready to give all they have for their leader. And those who will stay devoted to the band will one day rejoice in a heavenly hall of fame.