Stewardship of Time

“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.” (John 6: 55-57)

Just as our bodies need healthy physical nourishment to survive and thrive, our spiritual lives also require nourishment. We are called to use the gift of time above all to nourish our souls. We must take an honest look at ourselves. Do we put our spiritual life first or do we focus more on the cares of the world or escape from those cares? Do we use our time to obtain the lasting “food” of good spiritual nourishment that Christ and the Church offer to us? When we commit time each day to seeking spiritual food, our loving and generous Father will transform our lives.  How will you commit to using your time in the year ahead so that God can truly feed you?

Consider these ideas to help you get started:

  • Plan to attend one extra Mass each week or make a mid-week visit to Jesus in the Tabernacle.
  • Prepare yourself for Sunday Mass by reflecting ahead of time as a family on the lectionary readings that will be proclaimed. Even five or ten minutes will change you!
  • Commit to saying grace before meals and have every family member mention one way they were “fed” by God that day.
  • Every night before bed, pray slowly and lovingly the prayer that Jesus himself taught us, the “Our Father.”