The Cathedral Connection 29 April 2018

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Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

When the Archdiocese adopted the Stewardship principle for pastoral ministry nine years ago, the above words from the song, The Summons, became symbolic of the direction we would aim to travel. Following Jesus means responding to his call; and we should expect his call to draw us to places and into situations we might find uncomfortable were he not with us. Rejoicing in his presence, we imitate his way of life: his kindness, his generosity, his patience, his forgiveness. Through us, the love and the name of Jesus become known.

But we only follow what we have come to know and love; following becomes our response, our thanksgiving for the love shown us. So, the first step in Stewardship is the conscious awareness of just how blessed I am; appreciating that everything I have is gifted to me, I will gladly choose to share what I have: my time, whatever skills I have, and the success I enjoy, [time, talent, treasure].

If you have been part of this parish over these years, you will have heard much about Stewardship and, hopefully, have been reflecting how the principle might further strengthen and direct your faith. Being able to positively respond to the summons will unite you more closely with the community and enable its outreach to let the love of Jesus be shown and his name known.

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name?
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

Fr James

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