We are empowered by God to serve and share

By John Chavez

Consider your ‘hand’ or role in prayer, in God’s creation, in creativity, in touching the life of another fellow human being; consider the times you are touched by God. These thoughts can and perhaps should invoke powerful images. The work that we do and are called to do, as followers of Jesus, is given strength and power through personal prayer and God’s grace in our lives. Jesus willingly served and gave us many examples in which to follow. Jesus did not do the work he did with an attitude of “what’s in it for me?” and neither should we. Our society today is one which promotes a self-serving attitude. 

This is opposite of the attitude we need to take when we embark on anything and everything we do. The Gospels tell us this again and again.

This year’s DMF theme, We Are Called to Serve ~ Somos Llamados a Servir calls us to share in Christ’s work. We do that by having a hand in, by taking an active role in continuing Christ’s work.

One of the ways in which we can answer our baptismal call to serve in Christ’s work is through the Diocesan Ministry Fund. We have been fortunate enough to have had the DMF since 1966. In celebrating our 49th year of the DMF, living out Christ’s work to serve one another is just as important as it always has been. And the reality of it, for us, is that it takes money to accomplish these works. The funds from the Diocesan Ministry Fund allow many ministries to thrive and in some cases simply survive in our parishes and missions. The DMF benefits each person in our diocese either directly or indirectly in the communities in which we live. God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. God is the source of all that we have in our lives, our homes, our jobs, our families, our food. Everything we have comes from God.

In much the same way, the DMF does for us what our individual parishes cannot do by themselves. The DMF is a source, a resource, of providing spiritual needs in our diocese. These spiritual needs, these ministries are many and varied. Many of the programs and events offered to you in your parish/mission are the direct result of coordination with the Catholic Pastoral Center of our diocese under the leadership of Bishop Stephen Berg.

You are encouraged to share your gifts from God confidently and boldly. You are not alone in doing so. Remember God is with you every step of the way. Pray for the openness and awareness of how God is at work in your life, calling all of us, to use our financial resources, our talents, our creativity, our enthusiasm, our dedication to be “Called to Serve.” It is when we serve one another that we serve our God.

Our annual appeal began the weekend of January 24-25 and continues through the weekend of Feb. 28-March 1, 2015. Please take the time to read Bishop Berg’s important message in our brochure. Your prayerful consideration of contributing to this year’s Diocesan Ministry Fund is truly appreciated. By sharing in our combined efforts the 2015 DMF campaign can only be a success!