Throughout the Gospels, the one disciple that is most prominent is Peter. Peter was the first to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God, Peter is the one that speaks for the others, he is also the one that Christ entrusts the Church to.
Was Peter perfect? No way. In fact, it takes a long time for Peter to "get it", Peter doesn't always know which way to go, Christ rebukes Peter, Peter denies Christ but Peter always loves Christ and Christ always loves and forgives Peter. Throughout the Gospels Peter demonstrates leadership.
To love Christ one must be able to show leadership. Some are called to serve in leadership positions either on the Parish staff or on one of the parish Finance, Stewardship or Pastoral advisory councils. Others are called to lead a particular ministry. All are called to lead by the example of our lives.
Peter wasn't always right but he was never afraid to step up in service to His Lord. He knew that leadership means being active and participating. We are all being called to lead, in our prayer, in service and in giving. Show your attitude of gratitude by generously answering your call to lead.
Over the last several weeks we have discussed how God has given us the seven sacraments as a means for sharing His Grace with us. Part of our call as Christian stewards is to share God's grace with other people.
At SJV, we have adopted a vision to be the "Hands of Christ" as the manner in which we will share the grace of God with each other and with our community. Just as there are seven sacraments, we have organized ourselves around seven "Hands". Each of these hands is a different way that we can contribute.
Our church teaches that "Faith without works is dead". This means that each of us is called to live out the faith we profess and demonstrate that faith in our actions. Over the next several weeks, we will explore each of the "Hands" and how each of them allows us to demonstrate our Attitude of Gratitude to God.