Sunday, November 25, 2018
MONDAY, 34TH Week in Ordinary Time
November 26, 2018 – MONDAY, 34TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Berchmans, Religious
Rv 14: 1 - 3, 4b- 5 / Lk 21: 1 - 4
Belgian St. John Berchmans (1599 - 1621) was a Jesuit scholastic especially known for his dedicated observance of the rules of Jesuit religious life.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Rv 14: 1 - 3
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.
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."
In the first reading from Revelation, we see the Lamb in glory, surrounded by one hundred and forty-four thousand elect.
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." God asks us to be willing to give our best, our all, to him and in service of him.
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?
Have a good day!
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