• 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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April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

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Today is sometimes called “Spy Wednesday,” because the Gospel centers on Judas and his plan to betray Christ to the religious leaders who wanted His death. “Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand Him over” (Matthew 26:14-16). In the 2,000 years since Judas’ name became a byword for traitor, people have wondered about his motives.

Some think he was simply greedy and dishonest. Some believe that Judas was driven by strong political views. Others think he just could not accept Jesus as the Messiah and rejected His message of mercy and love. Whatever compelled Judas, he could not believe that Jesus would forgive his sin – if only he asked. Let us learn to entrust ourselves to Christ, flaws and all.

Suggested missionary action: We must use every opportunity possible to spread the Good News. Through prayer, action and charitable giving we can assist the Church’s missionaries and all who share Christ’s message.

40 Days, 40 Moments with Francis.  This Lent, the MISSIO App connects you to the Pope and his daily messages – a way to focus in the daily blur of our fast-paced world.  Download the MISSIO App and receive:  the Pope’s daily homily, news from the Missions, and videos and images for inspiration.  Don’t miss the connection!  (for Android Phone; for iPhone)

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday / Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

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Christ certainly shocked His Apostles by acting like a servant and washing their feet. As usual, an emotional Peter first protested, then overreacted by wanting even more. But Jesus wanted these disciples to understand what He really expected of them. “Do you realize what I have done for you?... If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:12-15).

There is nothing our Lord asks of us that He has not already experienced in some way. Christ knows humility, rejection and suffering. He wants us to look to Him for courage in leading a life of mercy and compassion. Let us willingly put ourselves on the line for others, just as He did, especially those who are most in need.

Suggested missionary action:  In modeling ourselves on Jesus, we need to share our faith with others. We need to reveal the saving words of Christ with humility, patience and perseverance.  And just as Jesus did during His lifetime on earth, let us reach out to those most in need, praying and sacrificing so that they come to know His great love.

40 Days, 40 Moments with Francis.  This Lent, the MISSIO App connects you to the Pope and his daily messages – a way to focus in the daily blur of our fast-paced world.  Download the MISSIO App and receive:  the Pope’s daily homily, news from the Missions, and videos and images for inspiration.  Don’t miss the connection!  (for Android Phone; for iPhone)

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

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The events of Good Friday show more than just the passion and death of Christ. They remind us that every moment of Jesus’ life was an expression of His profound and generous love for each person. As He hung on the cross in agony, He let us know how much He cherished His mother by entrusting her to His dear friend. “When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27).

At Mary’s caring request Christ performed His first miracle at the wedding in Cana. Now, near the moment of His death, it was only appropriate that He think of her. As His followers, we recognize the mother of God as an intricate part of God’s plan for salvation – and the mother of all His people.

Suggested missionary action: We must look after God’s people. Just as Jesus showed His love from the cross, we must use our faith to support those in spiritual and material need around the world.  Let us pray the World Mission Rosary, seeking the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary for our mission family around the world.

40 Days, 40 Moments with Francis.  This Lent, the MISSIO App connects you to the Pope and his daily messages – a way to focus in the daily blur of our fast-paced world.  Download the MISSIO App and receive:  the Pope’s daily homily, news from the Missions, and videos and images for inspiration.  Don’t miss the connection!  (for Android Phone; for iPhone)

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

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After the faithful women ran from the tomb Christ Himself stopped them in their tracks. “Behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced His feet, and did Him homage. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me” (Matthew 28:9-10).

After revealing Himself to the women and briefly letting them show their reverence, Jesus asked them to complete their task. These women were entrusted with the immense responsibility of being the first to share this amazing news with other people. As we celebrate the splendor of Easter, we, too, have the opportunity to reveal the Good News of Christ’s resurrection and His gift of salvation. It is our task now to offer God’s encompassing and everlasting love to those around us and around the world, and to support, in prayer and sacrifice, the missionaries who daily do the same.

Suggested missionary action:  We must share the glory of Christ’s resurrection with those who do not know Him. Let us spread our faith daily through our prayers, words and charitable actions, including support for the Missions.

April 20, 2014

The Resurrection of the Lord (The Mass of Easter Sunday)

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Of course, the wonder of Christ’s resurrection dominates our thoughts and our worship on this Easter morning. This holy, wise and compassionate man proved Himself to be divine as well by rising from the dead. But we must pause to reflect on exactly what that means. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.… For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1, 3).

Jesus the carpenter of Nazareth and Son of Mary did not come among us for His sake, but for ours. His passion was for us, His crucifixion was for us, and His resurrection was for us. He came to show His love and ask us to return His love. Jesus, the Son of God, is our Redeemer, come to save us from the eternal night of the tomb and welcome us to eternal life with Him.

Suggested missionary action: We must pass along our belief in Christ – crucified and risen – so that others will embrace His love. Let us pray that all God’s people will grow in faith. Let us help all who spread the Gospel.

 

 

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