November 24, 2014
Monday 34th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions]
Rv 14: 1-3, 4b-5 / Ps 24: 1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 / Lk 21: 1-4
Reading: Rv 14: 1-3, 4b-5
I was given another vision: The Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, surrounded by one hundred and forty-four thousand people who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. A sound reverberated in heaven like the sound of the roaring of waves or deafening thunder; it was like a chorus of singers, accompanied by their harps. They sing a new song before the throne, in the presence of the four living creatures and the elders, a song which no one can learn except the hundred and forty-four thousand who have been taken from the earth. They are the first taken from humankind who are already of God and the Lamb. No deceit has been found in them; they are faultless.
Gospel: Luke 21: 1-4
Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasure box; he also saw a poor widow dropping in two small coins. And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all gave an offering from their plenty, but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on."
In today's gospel Jesus reminds us that a gift given out of love is the most precious in his sight. While the amount of money the poor widow gave may appear insignificant compared to the gifts of the rich, she contributed all she had in complete faith. An offering given out of love and sacrifice is priceless.
Let us reflect on the words of the song "Lord, I Offer My life to You"
All that I am, all that I have
I lay them down before you, O Lord
All my regrets, all my acclaims
The joy and the pain, I'm making them yours.
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord, I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord, I offer you my life
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe
... for the birthday intentions of Celine de Guzman
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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