How do we need to improve in our commitment to the Gospel as the center of our life together and in our fulfillment of our responsibility to St. Timothy Church?
Over the past few years, I have been reading and studying a lot about leadership. One aspect of leadership that all leaders find difficult is to hold accountable people who work with them as paid co-workers and especially as volunteers. In response to my own call and in light of the challenges that we are facing as a parish these days, I am working to be accountable to my own “duties” and I am trying to meet the challenge of holding us all accountable in the Name of Jesus to the witness we are called to share.
I would like to invite you to reflect on your responsibility to be accountable in your choices to God and His Church as well. If you will do this, it will certainly make my job easier! How are you meeting the challenge of living the Gospel in your life? When you commit to something, do you take the necessary steps to make it a real priority? How are you responding to the call to stewardship?
Pope Francis has offered us a challenging vision for the Church. We are meant to be a hospital on the edge of the battlefield of the world, giving comfort and hope to all who are wounded and suffering. How do we give hope to others? Is our witness truly a witness that is worthy of the Gospel? When others see us, do they say, “See these Christians – how they love one another!”?
As members of Saint Timothy Church, we are to follow the example of our Patron. We are to be men and women of God. We are to “fight the good fight” and not be caught up in worthless battles. We are to keep our eyes fixed on Eternity and to pass on the fullness of the Faith to the next generation. Parents, how do you do this for your children? Elders, are you holding strong in the face of life’s new challenges and continuing the race to the end? Husbands and Wives, are you fulfilling your vows and cherishing one another in your Sacramental bond? Young people, are you beginning to make the Faith you have received truly your own?