In Luke's Gospel, we read about the coming of the Kingdom of God. The members of that early Christian community are told that this kingdom of God, proclaimed by Jesus, is unique in comparison to "earthly" kingdoms since its arrival will not follow normal paths; no pomp and circumstance. This kingdom of God already exists in their midst. "For behold, the kingdom of God is among you." Luke 17:21
By our Baptism, all of us are called to be stewards of this message. It is the task of every Christian to pray and to discern on the ways in which he or she can build "the kingdom". How each person responds to this challenge will vary depending on one's gifts and abilities. We need to become more engaged in the work of God's kingdom in our midst. Everyone can do something. In God, all things are possible.
So as you pray and discern on your active role in assisting this "kingdom" building, consider your gifts, talents, and abilities. May our community grow in greater realization that the kingdom is here, in our midst.
Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home - Pope Francis On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
Summary of Laudato Si by Fr. James Martin,S.J. on YouTube Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis' Laudato Si'
Stewardship: A Disciple's Response
The original document Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of U.S. Catholic bishops at its November 1992 General Meeting. The preface to the tenth anniversary edition was approved by the full body of U.S. Catholic bishops at its November 2002 General Meeting.
Summary of the Bishops' Pastoral Letter
Purchase a copy of Stewardship: A Disciple's Response from the USCCB site.