Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
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Stewards of God's mysteries. I like that. Our culture like many of those who have gone before us is one which abhors what it perceives as a vacuum. If something is empty we seek to fill it. We are like an empty gas can that will crush itself to fill the vacuum created by the hungry vapors of gas. We want more. We want to be satiated. We want the glass full. If we see nothing then we believe there is nothing. We hate emptiness and loathe mystery. The arrogance of our Information Age is that all information can be reduced to chewable bites and will satisfy our hunger. We consume empty calories of data, but rarely keep them in our system long enough to nurture wisdom. Christians are Stewards of God's Mysteries. We live and thrive and serve God best when we are more empty than full. Our mission is not to collect information but to guard the space that may, in fact, appear empty but vibrates with the molecules of grace bursting into this world. It requires faith to be the steward of God's mysteries. Our tendency is to seek answers or to make them up. Some abandon the call to this stewardship of the mystery altogether. With each generation comes those who are found trustworthy to this calling. It is in emptying themselves as Christ did that God's greatest mystery of unconditional love flows.
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On this Fat Tuesday, Lord, may we prepare ourselves to be a little less full of ourselves. Amen.