Jeanine is a friend from church at St. Matthias in Somerset, New Jersey. Wife, mother, and teacher, she is also a living saint, an inspirational model for all of us. Ten years ago, she suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash and has been paralyzed from the chest down ever since. Confined to a wheel chair, you might think she would be a bitter recluse. Quite the contrary.
Jeanine is on the go, driving her kids places in her specially equipped van. And she is filled with the Spirit, her heart full of gratitude for all the gifts in her life.
This morning, at all four of the Sunday Masses, she and her husband joined our pastor Father Doug for the homily. The topic? Stewardship Is Love In Motion.
For Jeanine, being a faithful disciple means following the example of the faithful steward in the Good News. In the gospel according to Matthew, we find the "parable of the talents" which tells us what God expects us to do here on earth.
Essentially, each of us is given time, talent and treasure. Some of us have a lot, some a little. What we have doesn't matter. Whether your talent is great or modest, we all are expected to do something with it to help build the kingdom right here and right now in this world.
Scripture tells us that God's ways are not our ways. We think that "bigger is better." What really matters is what we do with whatever gifts we have been given. Week in and week out, what are we doing with our time? What actions are we taking with our talents? Where are we spending our treasure?
To reach the ambo, Jeanine rolled up a temporary ramp. To reach the microphone, her wheelchair slowly pushed her up until she was upright next to her husband.
When they finished, I started clapping. So did everyone else in church at the 7:30 Mass.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday October 9, 2011