Stewardship 'signs and wonders'

In these weeks of the Easter season, we hear the stories of the early believers in the readings each Sunday from the Acts of the Apostles. The followers of Jesus Christ, emboldened by the power of the Holy Spirit, do signs and wonders; new believers are drawn into the fold; and the apostles are not only willing but take heart in facing persecution in Jesus’ name. Each account tells the story of God’s grace in action, and of the stewardship of the followers of Jesus. These stories also inspire us, and urge us to continue to commit ourselves as disciples and stewards.

A steward is one who recognizes that all we are, have and will be is a gift from God. In fact, our very lives and all that we have been given is grace — a sign of and the very presence of God in our lives. Coming to appreciate that the life and love of the Risen Christ are planted within us helps us to respond as good stewards — as people who care for and nurture the grace of God, so that it will bear fruit that endures. Being stewards in this way is sure to touch the lives of others, just as Christ was “made real” by the early believers through their actions and words.

We are told “many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles” (Acts 5:12). What “signs and wonders” are we capable of when we allow God to work through us as we give of ourselves and our resources as good stewards?

This article comes to you from Grace In Action (Our Sunday Visitor) courtesy of your parish or diocese.

 

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