Jesus’ life was an example, teaching us how to love one another and be compassionate toward those in need. In the Gospels, we read of Jesus’ compassion:
“When Jesus went out and saw a great multitude, He was moved with compassion and healed their sick.” – Matthew 14:14
“Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. Immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” – Matthew 20:34
“He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd” – Mark 6:34
The Biblical meaning of compassion incorporates both kindness and sympathy but also something much deeper and more powerful. Compassion is translated from the Greek ἐσπλαγχνίσθη (esplach-NEEsthee). It comes from the root word in Greek for “guts.” In other words, compassion is a heightened concern that is felt in the gut or at the very core of our being. When compassion is felt in a deeply physical and personal way then we are more apt to lessen the pain suffered by others.
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus says “A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him.” – Luke 10:33
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus says, “When he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20
These Biblical stories reflect the love and compassion that Jesus has. While sharing in our suffering, His compassion inspires and challenges us to live the same godly way by responding compassionately to the needs of others.
The New Testament understanding of compassion connects the suffering of another to ourselves. Compassion in this sense can change the way we live and care for others because we feel the other’s pain. Compassion is an expression of love. St. Paul writes to the Christians at Corinth, “…the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Cor. 13:13
In the case of Stewardship, love and compassion are not only expressed through offerings of money or material items but by actively comforting and alleviating the pain and discomfort others feel. Love and Stewardship are inseparable when we consider everything that the Lord has done for us. He is the embodiment of compassion, for He took on our sins and bore our infirmities to wash us clean. “He bears our sins and suffers for us…He was wounded because of our lawlessness, and became sick because of our sins.” – Isaiah 53:4
A parish is transformed and becomes a beacon of Christian love when we care for one another and serve our neigh-bor. Our divine calling shows us how to be compassionate stewards of God’s gifts. By placing the needs of others before ourselves, we become divine instruments of love and compassion. St. Paul asks us to “excel in the grace of giving.”
The priority of compassionate Stewardship is not to pay the bills of the church. It is about how we, as a community, can do God’s work with love and compassion.
2021 Holy Trinity Stewardship
Stewardship Pledge Cards are now being collected. Please mail in your 2021 Pledge Card by March 1.
Helping One Another
In 2021, Holy Trinity is committed to offer to the parish:
Worship & Ministry: $140,500
Keeping in touch: $67,000
Maintaining Buildings: $97,000
Those who serve us: $420,000
National Ministries: $119,000
To reach this goal each Steward is asked to contribute to the parish $1,800/year
I Corinthians 13:13
Private and Confidential
Your Stewardship Pledge is kept in confidence by your priest. Jesus taught that our giving should be done quietly, generously and out of sight of others. If you wish to revise your pledge during the year for any reason, you may send a note to the parish priest indicating your intentions.
You may remit your pledge in the manner that suits you best. Since small regular contributions are easier to manage, it is suggested that your contribution be made on a weekly basis. “On the first day of every week (Sunday), each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” (1Corinthians 16:2)
For your convenience, you may remit your pledge via Credit Card using our secure online Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Web Donations . Stewardship donations can be charged to your Credit Card on a Weekly, Monthly or Annual basis.