• Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
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  • 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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July 25, 2014

Feast of St. James, Apostle

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St. James, known as the Greater, was a fisherman and the brother of St. John. The two of them were called by Jesus and became close to Him. James is mentioned a number of times in the Gospels. Jesus allowed him to be present at the Transfiguration and at the garden of Gethsemane. Yet, like the other Apostles, he could be self-centered and foolish. It was the mother of James and John who tried to have Jesus single them out for special recognition among all the Apostles. But Christ used the opportunity to teach His followers what it truly means to lead. “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave” (Matthew 20:26-27).

St. James ultimately did all God asked of him. He preached the message of Christ and may have been the first Apostle to be martyred, dying in 44 A.D. in Jerusalem.

Suggested missionary action: Let us pray to St. James, asking him to intercede on behalf of all missionaries. We can also ask him to help us share our faith – with those around us and through our support for the Missions.

July 26, 2014

Memorial of SS. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Mary’s parents were devoted Jews who patiently awaited the coming of the Messiah. Joachim and Anne were chosen by Almighty God to guide Mary throughout her young life so that she would be ready to be the Mother of Jesus Christ. They taught her how to pray and serve God with love and fidelity. “Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.  Better the threshold of the house of my God than a home in the tents of the wicked” (Psalm 84:11).

The Gospels do not mention them by name, yet this good, simple couple from Nazareth must have welcomed their daughter with happiness – just as they did their grandson Jesus. They must have rejoiced in seeing our Lord grow in wisdom, age and grace.

Suggested missionary action: Let us honor SS. Joachim and Anne by emulating their devotion and share our faith with today’s children. Let us also ask Mary’s parents to pray for the spiritual welfare of all young people, especially children in the Missions in danger or in need.

July 27, 2014

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The very idea of buried treasure has the power to capture the imagination. Most people would do just what the man in today’s reading does in order to lay claim to the treasure. “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44).

This parable speaks directly about the happiness that this person feels when he realizes that he is about to own a great fortune. Most of us, including the people listening to Jesus, would be excited to think that our money troubles are over. We could have our heart’s desire. That is absolutely true for all who open ourselves to God’s will and grace. If we say, “Yes!” to Christ, we will embrace His forgiveness and mercy and claim His profound gift of salvation. We will find the treasure of our heart.

Suggested missionary action: We can show our commitment to Christ by sharing our faith with others – the greatest gift we possess. We can pray for those who do not yet know Him and support the work of missionaries and all who share Christ’s word.