With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses.
As we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (once called the Triumph of the Cross), we hear an engaging message from the Book of Numbers, which is, arguably, not one of the more popular books of the Bible.
Is there anyone among us who does not know what it means to feel worn out by a journey? Interruptions, derailments, scandals, disappointments. They can all wear us out on this journey we call life. Like the weary people of Israel, we sometimes complain against God. Why? Why not? Why me? Why now?
These are the times when life’s circumstances can blind us to God’s blessings. These are the times and circumstances that keep us from thanking God and from trusting God. We honor the Cross of Christ this day because it is our certain reminder that God is united with us, even united with our suffering.
We unite ourselves with Christ through our stewardship as faithful disciples. The stewardship of a faithful disciple is about prayer, ministry and sacrifice, each as he or she is able. Stewardship is about more than things to do; it’s about a lifestyle.
Stewardship is a way of life rooted in faith that requires us to reflect on the gifts entrusted to us by God and how we use them. As prayerful stewards we pray publicly in the liturgy and privately in our homes. As ministering stewards we assist the whole community with our labors. As sacrificing stewards we contribute financially to support the parish.
This is the time of year we renew our stewardship pledge: praying, ministering and sacrificing as best we can. It is an act of faith on our part: glorifying God in prayer, serving God in ministry, and relying on God in sacrifice as best we can.
The mission of our parish, Saint Mary Catholic Community, is strengthened by your stewardship as faithful disciples. I praise God and thank you for your prayer, ministry, and sacrifice. Thank you for your participation in the life of our parish in every way. You are blessed. You are needed. You are very much appreciated.