Sunday, November 26, 2017
Monday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
November 27, 2017 – Monday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
The Miraculous Medal
Dn 1: 1 - 6, 8- 20 / Lk 21: 1 - 4
The Miraculous Medal, previously named Mary's Immaculate Conception, was made following instructions of Our Lady in her apparitions in 1830 in Paris to St. Catherine Laboure (1806 - 1879).
FROM THE FIRST READING: Dn 1: 17- 20
To these four youths God gave wisdom and proficiency in literature, and to Daniel the gift of interpreting visions and dreams.
At the end of the period set by the king for the youths' training, the chief eunuch presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked to them and found none to equal Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. These four became members of the king's court. In any matter of wisdom and discernment about which the king consulted, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 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."
Our two readings today speak of people who loved and served God in outstanding fashion.
In the first reading the four Jewish youths in training for service to the king refused to violate the dietary laws of the Jewish religion: despite their diets of water and vegetables "they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate the king's food."
In the Gospel reading Jesus praises the great sacrifice and generosity of the poor widow contributing to the Temple, "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."
There are many generous contributors to the Church and to charitable causes: their generosity is commendable. What Jesus emphasized was how great the widow's donation was compared to what she owned: "She, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on."
In comparison, how generous are we to others, to those in need? Do we give from our plenty? Or do our donations hurt us?
We help others not only with money and resources. We also help others with our presence and time. How much of ourselves do we give for others?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
JUSTIN EDWARD C TANHUI
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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