• 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 22, 2014

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Today’s feast celebrates the Queenship of Mary. Most Catholics grew up addressing Mary as both Mother and Queen. Because of her extraordinary closeness to Jesus Christ our Savior and our King, it is completely fitting to recognize her with this royal title. It is also absolutely appropriate to pray for Mary’s intercession with her beloved Son on our behalf.

Today’s readings remind us that God loves and cares for each of us far beyond our own ability to imagine. “Let them thank the Lord for His mercy, such wondrous deeds for the children of Adam.  For He satisfied the thirsty, filled the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:8-9). Let us pause today to thank God for His many blessings, including the special gift of His mother to help us draw close to Him.

Suggested missionary action: We can salute Mary as our Queen by praying the World Mission Rosary for our family in the Missions – and for all who share the message of Christ with others.


August 24, 2014

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The readings for today remind us of God’s power and love. More than that, we are asked to look at our relationship with our Lord. It is hard to seek God’s will when He seems to ask us to reject our own preferences. But we must accept God’s plan for us, just as Peter learned to depend on God’s grace to fulfill his responsibilities as the rock of Christ’s Church.

In Paul’s letter to the Romans we are told that we must acknowledge our total reliance on our Lord. “Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable His judgments and how unsearchable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor?” (Romans 11:33-34). The answer, of course, is no one. We will never know more or love more than God, although we sometimes act like we do. He can do great things through us if we let Him have His way.

Suggested missionary action: Let us take time to appreciate God’s many blessings, especially our faith in Christ. Let us resolve to thank Him by supporting the Church’s Missions around the world, by prayer and sacrifice.

The theme for World Mission Sunday (October 19) is taken from this Sunday’s Gospel – “I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18).  Read more about World Mission Sunday – and its focus, Mongolia, the world’s youngest Catholic Church – at our special website:  www.IAmAMissionary.org.