FOCUS: Open your hearts to the love God instills in them. God loves you tenderly. What he gives you is not to be kept under lock and key, but to be shared. The more you save the less you will be able to give. The less you have, the more you will know how to share. Let us ask God, when it comes to ask God for something , to help us to be generous. Mother Teresa – in My Own Words.
Led by one of the BEC members
Come Holy Ghost
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, And in our souls take up your rest; Come with your grace and heavenly aid To fill the hearts which you have made.
O Comforter, to you we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, And sweet anointing from above.
You in your sevenfold gifts are known; You, finger of God’s hand we own; You, promise of the Father, you Who do the tongue with power imbue.
“Our joy in giving comes from serving God in a way that knows He has called us, realising that what we give is impacting people for Christ.”C
After successfully establishing a restaurant chain, two banks, a ranch, farm and real estate ventures, Jerry says that’s when the real fun started.
“At age 59 I was headed into retirement, looking for a nice lake home. Then God changed our plans and led Muriel and me to put our money and time overseas. It’s been exciting. Before we gave token amounts, now we put substantial money into missions. Our hearts are in the country. We visit and minister there often.”
What changed their attitude toward giving?
“It was realizing God’s ownership that got through to us. Once we understood we were giving away God’s money to God’s work, we had peace and joy. We never again thought it was our money! After seeing the way poor Christians in other countries trust Him, we’ve asked God if he wants us to give away all ‘our’ money. He hasn’t led us to do that yet. But we’ve meant it when we asked.”
Jerry says, “A non-Christian couple saw us giving, and saw how much it excited and changed us. Then they started giving too, even before knowing Christ. They saw the joy and they wanted it too!”
He added, “One of the big results of our giving is that we no longer hold things too close to our hearts. We can let them go, realizing they won’t last…but we will.”
Buzz with the person next to you or with the group
What are some of the reasons we find it hard to give away our money generously.
What can we learn from the testimony? What do we need to do?
The word stewardship from the Greek word oikenomous, which means somebody who manages a household. A person doesn’t own the household but manages it.
Read: Genesis. Chapter 1:26 – 28.
26God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.
27God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.
Read it twice.
What can you learn about stewardship from the passage above especially on your role? Discuss
What are the gifts God has given you through baptism? How can we be better stewards of these gifts?
Reflection (Someone reads slowly and pauses for reflection)
Do we see that we’re trustees of talents, gifts, time, treasure, the culture and values in the society around us? Pope Francis in Laudato Si speaks of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for nature, the poor and the lost.
Are we good stewards with regard to created things and to our relationships in our BEC and families?
How can we help each other learn to give and not just give up?
How can we be more accountable for the poor in our BEC? What can we do?
Let us share if possible an area where we want to be better stewards of nature?
CLOSING PRAYER ( Led by one of the BEC members )
Take my hands and make them as your own, And use them for your kingdom here on earth. Consecrate them to your care Anoint them for your service where You may need your gospel to be sown. Take my hands they speak now for my heart,
by their actions they will show their love. Guard them on their daily course. Be their strength and guiding force. To ever serve the Trinity above.
Take my hands I give them to you Lord, Prepare them for the service of your name. Open them to human need And by their love they’ll sow your seed So all may know the love and hope you gave.
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