• 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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January 24, 2015

Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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St. Francis de Sales, the patron of writers, strongly believed that “the person who possesses Christian meekness is affectionate and tender towards everyone.” This gentle disposition was apparent to all who knew the Bishop of Geneva, Switzerland, in the early 17th century. They never saw his inner struggle to discipline his hot temper. His writings encouraging the spiritual development of the lay people are still read today. St. Francis died at age 55 and is now recognized as a doctor of the Church.

Let us join St. Francis in celebrating the joy of God’s message. “All you peoples, clap your hands, shout to God with joyful cries. For the Lord, the Most High…is the great king over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2-3). Like St. Francis, we can choose to fight bad habits and grow in holiness.

Suggested missionary action: We can ask St. Francis de Sales to help us trust our Lord to become the good people He wants us to be.  And we can ask St. Francis to care for all who strive to communicate God’s love, especially through the written word.

January 25, 2015

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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When Jesus began preaching He attracted many listeners. But He was not content to wait for people to join Him in His travels and His ministry. He personally chose the Twelve who would become His Apostles. “He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, ‘Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Then they abandoned their nets and followed Him” (Mark 1:16-18).

As much as these new Apostles were drawn to Jesus and His life-changing message, it was still difficult to give up everything for Him. Adopting His teaching of compassion, forgiveness and simplicity as a way of life was hard then – and it is now. But Our Lord wants us to be His true disciples, to embrace His way of living and loving. We must trust Jesus and say, “yes” to Him, body and soul.

Suggested missionary action: Let us imitate the Apostles who followed Christ. We, too, can share our Lord’s way of life and share our precious gift of faith with others every day.