For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…” Ephesians 2:10

 

Ephesians 2 is one of my favorite passages of the Bible. It is the promise that by grace we are saved. For those who feel as though they really cannot do anything good but give the effort to do something good, it is a ray of hope: By grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8.

 

Yet, there it is at the end of Ephesians 2, that we were created to be saved through faith so that we could do good works to honor Jesus Christ. It is what we call in Catholicism the “both/and”.  We do not believe in only faith. Nor do we believe in only good works. We believe in having faith that transforms our life so that doing good things for God and each other are just part of who we are. They are the Way of the new life in Jesus Christ.

 

Interestingly enough, Christians were originally called “The People of the Way.” In Acts 2, Paul had letters to stone any “people of the Way.” The way is to do good works in our new life which was given to us because of our faith. Faith is always before works just as grace is always before faith. God acts in grace, we react with faith. We have faith that then moves us to do good works.  We do not earn salvation, but we do act out salvation through our behavior.

 

Why am I rambling on about works and faith? Because the Third Pillar of Stewardship is Service.

 

The service about which we are talking about is very specific. When we say the Pillar of Stewardship is Service, we mean service through one ministry of the parish at Christ the King.  The way you figure this out is to figure out what are your “Charisms”.  A charism is a gift that God has given you, a talent you possess. Let’s say you paint very well. Well, have you painted anything for the church? Let’s say you like to sing. Well, have you gotten involved in the music ministry? Get the idea?

 

Think of the things you have done in your life. It could be anything from learning to ride a bike to learning to tend to a bee hive. Whatever it is, this took skill and determination. Maybe it took a talent that other people do not have. This talent, this “gift” is a “charism” as in “charismatic”.  We would like you to use the things you are good at doing, your “God given talent” for the parish.   Please think this through.

 

What are the things others tell you are good at doing or you know you are good at doing. We need that. Please tell us what God has given you as a talent and let’s start using it to advance God’s mission. That is the Pillar of Stewardship of Service. Please think of this when you fill out your Stewardship Promise on October 31.

 

Blessings

Fr. Mark

Fr. Mark Kurowski

Fr. Mark Kurowski

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