• 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 22, 2014

St. John Paul II / Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time

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Like St. Paul, two thousand years before him, St. John Paul II was an evangelist, spreading the word of Christ. “To me...this grace was given, to preach...the inscrutable riches of Christ... so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church” (Ephesians 3:8, 10). Both men were known for traveling far and wide to communicate our Lord’s gift of salvation.

John Paul II proclaimed, “Open wide the doors to Christ” on this day in 1978 when he was installed as pope. Polish by birth, he brought a fresh perspective to the Vatican. His love for young people and for persons of all faiths, as well as cherished Catholics everywhere, filled his 27 years of papal ministry. St. John Paul offered a profound example of a whole life spent for others, despite great physical suffering.

Suggested missionary action: We can ask St. John Paul II to help us live as people of faith. We can also pray for his guidance, in this week after World Mission Sunday, in supporting the work of the Church’s Missions around the world.

Read about St. John Paul II – as well as St. John XXIII and Blessed Paul VI – and their “connections to mission” at this link.


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.