Stewardship is expressed to the full in the Holy Eucharist. The dynamics that take place in the Eucharistic Sacrifice is stewardship alive. In the Eucharist, Jesus gives himself totally to us: “This is my body given for you. . . This is my blood shed for you.”
Jesus instituted the Eucharist not only so that the bread and wine will change into his Body and Blood but also that we will change: we become what we celebrate; we become what we receive. Through Holy Communion, Christ’s Body and Blood becomes our flesh and blood so that we might become:
- More Christ-like in our words and actions
- More Christ-like in our willingness to be stewards for the sake of God’s kingdom even to the point of sacrificing our life as Christ did for us.
That is why it is not surprising to know that the Holy Eucharist has been at the center of the lives of good and faithful stewards down through the ages. Think for instance of the great steward of the twentieth century, St. Teresa of Calcutta. The world of course knows of her great work in taking care of the poorest of the poor. What was her secret? Her secret was that each and every day she began with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And then she and her sisters would go out and take care of the poor people. And when their work was finished, then they would return back to Jesus for an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist was at the very center of her life, and because of that she was able to do all of the things that she was able to do. She was able to do Christ’s work in the world.
The Eucharist has the power to renew and transform us. May we always humbly partake of it so that we may have the strength to be good stewards, thus making a difference in the life of others, in the life of our parish, in the life of the Church.