Share Your God~Given Gifts “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1Peter 4.10
In this first letter of St. Peter he is addressing the early Christians in an effort to teach them what it means to be Christian. He writes just before this verse: “Above all maintain constant love for one another . . .” So clearly, we are called from the very beginning of Christianity to love one another and to serve one another with whatever gift we have received!
This past week all members of the parish received the Time and Talent surveys outlining a multitude of ways that each member might use their gifts to serve one another right here at St. Francis Xavier. Take time to look through the long list of opportunities, talk about it with your family and most importantly take time in prayer asking God to assist you in determining how you might serve Him by serving others. It is especially important for parents and grandparents to discuss this with your children and grandchildren as you are the first teachers of the faith. Our desire as parents and grandparents is to pass on our faith in Jesus Christ to the next generation, not for ourselves, but that they might come to know and love God for their sake and for the good of all of God’s people. Our world will be blessed by all generations joining together in loving and serving one another. Let it begin here at St. Francis Xavier so that our children might know the joy of their belonging to the “Body of Christ.”
At times, the elderly that I visit express the feelings that they are saddened by the fact that they can no longer participate in serving others because of their advanced age. I talk to them about how each person at every moment of their lives shares in the Body of Christ and is an important part of it. From the smiling (or fussing) little ones at Mass, whose gift is to remind us of the wonder of God’s creation, to the oldest member of the parish, now residing in a local nursing home, who prays constantly for others, for that is now their gift. We are all one body, each one an integral part of God’s creation. Let us work togtherto love and serve God by loving and serving others!
So to each and every member, reserve time to sit with the Time and Talent survey and discern how God might be calling you to serve. Then take the initiative to become involved. All committees, boards and organizations within our parish encourage and welcome your participation. I can attest to the fact that you will be welcomed and supported as you share your God~given gifts!
Blessing on your discernment,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC