St. Stephen
Catholic
Church

Location

1101 Keaveny Court
Walnut Creek, California 94597
USA

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Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am
Mon -Fri: 7:30 am
Holy Days as announced

Reconciliation
Saturday 3:30 pm

Reflections

From The Office of Faith Formation
5/6/2018 10:03:00 AM
   
May 5 - 6, 2018

"You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor"  - Exodus 20:17

How many times have we looked, with a sense of longing (covetousness?) at another person's degree of preparedness and orderliness?  How many times have we wished we had another person's quick-witted aptitude for always having the right come-back, no matter what verbal assaults come their way?  And yes, how many times have we looked at another person's car and wished we were driving it? 

But maybe the commandment against covetousness is not so much a demanding restriction as it is a broad invitation.  When we think about it, the less time we spend longing for the gifts of others, the more time we have available to develop our own gifts.  The prohibition against covetousness actually frees us to be more creative in honing our own abilities and more focused on developing our own potential.   One of the greatest gifts we bring to others is our authenticity.  There is liberating power when we live authentically in the flow of who we truly are and in the things we've truly earned and in the gifts we truly possess.   When we become experts of our own experiences and master developers of our own potential, we might be surprised at how little there really is to covet.

Prayer:  Dear God, help me today to transform covetousness into creative energy, so that I can find real fulfillment in being all that you have created me to be.  Amen. 

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate