• 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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November 21, 2014

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of Mary is not recounted in the New Testament. Yet first the Eastern Church, and then the universal Church honored this feast day by the 16th century. It takes its place along with our celebration of Mary’s birthday and, especially, her Immaculate Conception. Each is a marvelous time for us to contemplate her holiness and special role in history. Almighty God selected her to be the mother of His Son. Yet, like us, she had the free will to refuse. Mary purposefully chose to do all our Father asked of her.

The Psalm for this day reminds us that God’s will is vital to all of us. “How sweet to my tongue is your promise, sweeter than honey to my mouth!... Your testimonies are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart” (Psalm 119:103, 111). We, too, can present ourselves to God as individuals ready to serve Him and His people. Let us make the same choice Mary did.

Suggested missionary action: We can pray the World Mission Rosary, asking Mary to care for all missionaries and those they serve. And we can ask Mary to help each of us be a person of true faith, just as she was.

November 23, 2014

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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This feast was created in the 20th century to counter secularism. It shows an appreciation of Jesus Christ as the King of all nations, indeed, of the whole universe. We generally think of Jesus teaching His way of truth and love, or as our Savior crucified on a cross. But today we are encouraged to worship Christ, as the Son of God and King of all creation. This is certainly an image of power and might; yet, the first reading assures us that our Lord loves each of us tenderly and personally. “Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend My sheep.... I myself will give them rest.... The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up” (Ezekiel 34:11, 15-16).

In Christ our King we see what real majesty and strength means: reaching out with compassion to all people – and expecting others to do the same.

Suggested missionary action: Let us offer gratitude and praise to Christ the King for caring for us. More than that, let us resolve to assist Him in doing all we can to look after our brothers and sisters in need – especially in the Missions, by our prayers and help.