• 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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August 30, 2015

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Today’s reading from James to the early Christians is a wonderful reminder that faith is only the beginning of a spiritual life. Unless we put our belief in Jesus Christ as our Redeemer to good use, we are not serving Him or His people. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:22, 27).

James puts the idea of service in very concrete terms. We must care for those in need and avoid the temptations that distract us from being people of mercy, integrity and wisdom. The gift of salvation is meant to transform us now so that we will gain life eternal. And we have the obligation of telling the Good News to others, so they, too, will embrace God’s love.

Suggested missionary action:  Let us be people of action, people who praise our Lord through service to others – and in solidarity, through prayer and sacrifice. We can help people grow in love of Christ if we serve Him fully.

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