devotional

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page

Download Stewardship Today Free

For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.

Download the PDF Version

Planned Giving

Is Giving One of Your Resolutions This Year?

 

Here Are 5 Guidelines to Help You Reach Your Goals

The start of a new year often brings with it a list of goals people would like to accomplish in the coming twelve months. Such a list can include a desire to be more charitable, to volunteer more, or even to learn a new skill.

If you have resolved to be more generous this year, here are five guidelines to help you reach your goals.

Read more . . .

And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

Because It Is Fitting

ministry“Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him” (Matthew 3:13). Why’d he do that? The answer is in the passage: “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (v.15). Okay, so there’s our reason. But, what does it mean? We ask why; we want to understand why. John the Baptist expected Christ’s arrival. He was the devoted forerunner, the one called to prepare the way. He expected a Savior but believed he would come as a victorious Messiah. So, is that how Jesus appeared, robed in purple, regal, ready to take over, to set a new standard, to proclaim the coming of the kingdom? Large, and in charge? Hardly. And John didn’t like it.

As we often read during the Advent season, “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). John called the crowds to repent in preparation for the coming of Christ, an event that he clearly thought would direct him to turn over the reins to someone—as he put it—whose sandals, “I am not worthy to carry” (v. 11). “John tried to prevent him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?’ Jesus persisted. Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ And so, John relented. He allowed him” (vv. 14-15). One wise teacher has suggested, “Jesus identified himself, not with a God who swept all before him in judgment, but with the people who were themselves facing that judgment.” And it is that question of identification that is the point—identification with the God of all, but also with those Jesus was called to redeem.

In a passage, then, in which all three persons of the Holy Trinity openly appear, “After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with him I am well pleased’ ” (v. 16-17). The Son of God submitted himself to baptism, identifying with us—hurting, sinful, broken and depressed people—and his act is celebrated by the presence of the Holy Spirit and the voice of his Heavenly Father, a message of love and affirmation. “This is my beloved son. This is my Son!”

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

A Product of Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
Copyright © 2019 Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. All Rights Reserved.
Website supported by Educational Technology Leaders LLC