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Homily on Stewardship

First Sunday of Lent

March 9, 2013

God created man. His name was Adam. God created Adam so that he can be in a relationship of love and friendship with his Creator. In addition to that love and friendship, God also gave Adam the most sublime gift of all—the chance to choose freely. These two gifts from God to us are so especial that others creatures do not have them—to be a FRIEND of no less than God himself and to be FREE to choose.

However, Adam gave in to the devil’s temptation. ADAM TRIED TO SEIZE FOR HIMSELF WHAT GOD ALREADY PROMISED HIM. He allowed sin to enter the door of his heart by doubting that God will indeed keep his promise that he will have dominion over all creation. He wanted to grab and cling and control and possess. He was already promised by God that he has been crowned with glory; he was given dominion over the world and the protection of His angels. He did not believe. He seized for himself.

This is the tragic story of the first Adam.

The second Adam is Jesus Christ. The pervasiveness of sin and the intensification of the effects of the disobedience of the first Adam are reversed by the COURAGEOUS AND GENEROUS OBEDIENCE OF JESUS CHRIST. Because Jesus did not cling to his dignity and honour, we have been saved. By emptying himself like a slave, Jesus has given us new life.

This is the saving power story of Jesus.

Adam seized and grabbed; but Jesus let go and gave up. Adam grabbed and wanted control; but Jesus offered and obeyed until death.

Adam doubted that God will keep his promise about dominion over creation; but Jesus believed and emptied himself.

Adam was entrusted with stewardship over God’s creation but he chose to possess and sought his own security. Jesus was entrusted with all powers in heaven and earth. Jesus continues to reign.

Stewardship means saying NO to a grabbing culture. Stewardship is saying NO to the pursuit of false security and illusory comfort. Stewardship is saying NO to the drive to have more. Stewardship is saying NO to the temptation to be like God.  Stewardship is saying NO to the first Adam.

Stewardship is saying YES to the new Adam Jesus Christ. Stewardship is saying YES to generosity without fear of lacking anything I need. Stewardship is saying YES to obedience without doubting that God will always provide. Stewardship is saying YES to sharing without repay or reward.

Stewardship is not about money. It is not about church offerings. Stewardship is not about special collections or offerings for church services.

Stewardship is about faith. It is obedience. It is courageous trust that God has promised me everything I need. I will not hoard. I will not covet. I will not hide my talents. I know God will take care of me as he has promised.

The season of Lent is the best time to live like the new Adam.


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