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  • 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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March 8, 2015

Third Sunday of Lent

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Today’s Gospel reading is commonly known as the cleansing of the temple. “(Jesus) made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves He said, ‘Take these out of here, and stop making My Father’s house a marketplace’” (John 2:15-16). Christ probably shocked His own followers as much as the money changers.

Jesus was a preacher of peace and mercy. But He was also the way, the truth and the life. He wanted people to know that God expects us to live our faith with integrity, humility and charity. We must not allow greed, arrogance and selfishness to interfere with our relationship with our Lord and His people. Rather, we must entrust ourselves to God’s grace and make every effort to do good every day.

Suggested missionary action: Let us use our blessings and resources to serve our Lord and His people. We can reach out to those in need materially and spiritually with the same mercy God shows us.

Keep “Lent In Focus” with our special website, helping you to see the Season through a missionary lens. Journey with us this Lent, in prayer and sacrifice – and with the priests, religious and lay catechists who are consoling broken hearts and offering hope in our world of need.