Fifth Sunday of Easter • May 10
Jesus offers a quintessential stewardship statement in today’s Gospel reading: “Whoever remains in me and I in
him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” Jesus Christ offers us the fullness of eternal life.
Do our lives reveal that this is what we want?
Do we believe that by hearing the Word of the Lord and responding
we not only produce “good fruit,” but abide in the very life of God?
Almighty God I give thanks for all that I have and all that I am.
Most of all I give thanks for the great gift of your Son, Jesus.
I pray that I may be a good steward; that I will follow faithfully,
serve joyfully, give generously, live responsibly and possess sensibly.
In gratitude for the abundant gifts you have so graciously given me;
I return to you the first fruits of these gifts, through acts of service
and by generously sharing all that you have entrusted to me.
Heavenly Father, by your Holy Spirit, give me knowledge and understanding;
help me to be a gift to others in your name.