• Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious

Gospel Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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October 26, 2014

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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In today’s Gospel, we witness religious leaders trying to diminish and ultimately destroy Jesus try by trapping Him with difficult questions. They could not grasp that He understood God’s commandments far better than they did. Christ tells them that the greatest commandment is loving God with our whole being. Yet He does not stop there. Jesus wants His listeners to realize that the way we treat others is part of our relationship with God. “The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:39-40).

Love must be the rule of life. Only when we embrace God’s love and reciprocate by honoring Him and caring for others, do we prove that we are His children. Only when we live our faith, hope and love every day, do we truly obey His commandments.

Suggested missionary action: We must resolve to follow the two great commandments by drawing closer to our merciful Lord in faith and by loving our neighbors – half a block and half a world away. Let us ask God to guide all missionaries in the way of Christ, as they, with our prayers and support, reach out in love of neighbor.


October 28, 2014

SS. Simon and Jude, Apostles

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We know little about the men we venerate today as SS. Simon and Jude. Yet we know all that is essential. They were picked by Jesus to be among His closest disciples. That meant that they followed Christ throughout His public ministry. During that time they embraced His words of truth, forgiveness and mercy. After Christ’s Ascension into heaven, Simon and Jude, like the other Apostles, traveled the land to share His gift of salvation. “You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:19-20).

Simon and Jude are believed to have preached in Persia where they were martyred. All Christians must be grateful to the Apostles who shared Jesus’ love far and wide – and to those who follow in their footsteps today.

Suggested missionary action: Let us ask St. Simon and St. Jude to guide our efforts in sharing our faith. We can also ask them and the other Apostles to look after all the missionaries of the Church today.