Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” of the bulletin for this coming Sunday, 17 November 2019 (the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year C). Services start at 10:15 am and you are welcome to attend.
When I first looked at the Scriptures for this Sunday, I wondered how I was ever going to focus on the topic of stewardship. But Isaiah’s words that we were building a new world reminded me that we, God’s children, have been tasked with stewardship from Day 1.
From its very beginning, humanity has been charged with care of this world. Yet, even today, with the warnings of climate change echoing in our ears, there are some who ignore the call and think that the Earth is theirs is to do as they please.
It is just as important that we understand that in the passage right before today’s reading from Thessalonians, Paul is complaining about those who are convinced that the 2nd Coming of Christ is imminent and have quit working. It is not the poor and disadvantaged, as some would have you believe, that Paul is yelling at; it is those who put themselves above the needs of their community.
Jesus warns us to beware the false prophets and teachers, the long-tongued liars who preach hatred and exclusion, who preach that all that is in the world is for a very few and not to be shared.
Our stewardship of this planet goes beyond simple gardening duties; it involves caring for all the people, no matter who they are or where they live. It has been our task from day 1 and continues on, 24/7, until we all reach the Kingdom of Heaven.