Reflection on Being a Christian Steward

In 1996 the US Bishops wrote a Pastoral Letter on what it means to be a Christian Steward. Our prayer practice will be a reflection on the definition of Stewardship found in the Letter.

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10).

As you read the following paragraph reflect on the ways that St. Joseph lived his life as a faithful steward.

“What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.”

Reflection Questions

  • List the gifts for which you are grateful. People, places and things. Thank God for these Blessings.
  • How have you cultivated your gifts responsibly?
  • What decisions and actions might you take to share your time, talent and treasure?
  • How are you being led by the Spirit to choose the next right or loving action?
  • What action will you take?