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An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

Making Preparations

Making Preparations

A young homeowner, thinking of the future, asked the local owner of a garden shop for two small seedlings to plant in her side yard. “Have you had success with these? Will they provide adequate shade?” “You’ll be very pleased,” the professional responded. “Those would make an excellent choice.” “Will they grow tall and be thick in the trunk?” she asked. “Indeed, they will.” “Well then, I have one last question. Will their root systems be strong?” “Yes, ma’am, among the best.” “Very well, then,” she said, “I’d like to purchase a hammock too.”

There is no substitute for planning ahead. When homeowners picture the ideal—resting in a hammock in the shade of their own home—they’d better start with at least two sturdy shade trees. We smile. Are we thinking ahead, planning for an uncertain future? Do we make preparations, or do we act on our wants and desires with little thought to the consequences? Jesus often talked of the future when he discussed present responsibilities. What he taught is well illustrated in his own preparations for what proved to be his final Passover meal.

“When the day of the feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, ‘Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.’ They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations?’ And he answered them, ‘When you go into the city, a man will meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters and say to the master of the house, The teacher says to you, Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room that is furnished. Make the preparations there.’ Then they went off and found everything exactly as he told them, and there they prepared the Passover.”

Fully aware of the eternal significance of events rapidly coming to a conclusion, the Savior made allowances for the practical, as well. Immortalized in classic art, the location of the Upper Room discourse and communion meal was the purpose and plan of a loving, thoughtful Teacher. A place for interactive fellowship and quiet prayer, the room was ideal. Jesus had made adequate preparations, allowing the disciples to do the same. His plans for us encourage us to follow his example.  

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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