. . . on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

Matthew 2:11

“They”, of course, are the magi, unnumbered by Matthew, who “saw his star at its rising and have come
to do him homage.” Their gifts are gifts suitable for a king as they understood that the star was announcing the birth of the King of the Jews, the title the Romans would nail to his cross.  Matthew has no shepherds, no manger, no census to pull them from Nazareth to Bethlehem. His story
begins in Bethlehem in a house.

The Magi find a baby and probably a very bewildered young mother named Mary. Some nine months
before she had become pregnant without Joseph’s aid, had endured shame and a near-divorce, and now
some very upper-crust astrologers are at her door with gifts suitable for a king! Very strange goings-on,
indeed.

But Matthew’s focus is on Joseph, who very likely was not thrilled that these magi were at his door
looking for the King of the Jews. He undoubtedly suspected that Herod knew of their search and that
Herod would not be pleased. I imagine the sleep that brought another angel messenger telling him to
flee to Egypt was a troubled sleep indeed.

The nativity stories in Matthew and in Luke are very different but the portraits of Joseph and of Mary
are mirror-images. Both Jesus’ parents are faith-filled. Both accept God’s will, and in both stories the
two of them embark together on journey to fulfill that will. This is discipleship. Mary and Joseph were
granted the Stewardship of the King of All Creation. They both found the courage to accept God’s will
and got moving!

Our parish this year is facing challenges. We have been shrinking for many years for a variety of reasons.
But with the strategic plan being developed over the last couple of years, there is new energy in the
parish. We are now embarking on a new faith journey of our own. Let us get moving with the faith and
courage of Mary and Joseph.

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pledge for 2020, please go to st-therese.cc and click on the Donate Now! Button.

If you have any questions about ministry or giving please ask me at jvrussell85@gmail.com.

 

Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


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For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
In today’s Gospel, a vineyard owner goes to the town square during the day to hire laborers. At the end of the day, he rewards each equally... Read More

Wrath and anger are hateful things.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Sirach may have hated wrath and anger but wrath and anger are hate-filled emotions. Mostly they are full of self-hate from a profound frustration... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
OK. This isn’t about this week’s readings. It’s the same reading I commented on last week in regards to materialism and the... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Saturday, August 29, 2020
Oh, boy. St. Paul is talking about prayer again and here sets out a daunting prayer challenge: first we must figure out how we are conforming to... Read More

For from God and through God and for God are all things.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Today’s reading from Paul immediately follows last week’s passages about God delivering all to disobedience so that God may show mercy.... Read More

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

Friday, August 14, 2020
What? God delivers all to disobedience??? Well, God, after all, did put the snake in Eden. There is no redemption without sin. Those of us who are... Read More

Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More