• 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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April 25, 2015

Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist

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Today we celebrate the author of the first of the four Gospels. St. Mark is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles and some epistles as a disciple of Christ who was a friend of Peter, Barnabas and Paul. In his writings, Mark stresses that Christ’s death, resurrection and infinite mercy were essential to God’s plan for our salvation. And, as Christians, we are expected to communicate God’s love for all people. “The Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven... But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs” (Mark 16:19-20).

St. Mark certainly had human failings, as we all have. But through grace, he was able to rise above his failings and loyally serve our Lord and His people.

Suggested missionary action:  We can commit to reading a portion of the Gospels everyday. We can also commit ourselves to supporting all who teach Christ’s message of love to others.

During this Easter Season, reflect on the Reason for Hope – our Risen Lord – as you remember the call first heard at Baptism, to be missionaries of the Risen Lord to the world, by your prayers and your help! Visit our website for more.

April 26, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Jesus tells His disciples in today’s Gospel reading what it means for Him to be the Good Shepherd. He wants them to realize that He has come to die for them, just as He came to teach them His way of life. He wants them to see that He is the Savior of all who open themselves to His love. “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life in order to take it up again” (John 10:16-17).

Our image of a shepherd is probably one of someone protecting the lambs and sheep that so depend on him. That is certainly true of Christ. But we must also grasp that we, in turn, must care for others – even at the risk of our life. We are entrusted with drawing others closer to our gracious Lord.

Suggested missionary action: Let us thank Christ for His love by sharing His compassion with others. We can strive to care for others in need with the same deep concern that Jesus shows us every single day.

During this Easter Season, reflect on the Reason for Hope – our Risen Lord – as you remember the call first heard at Baptism, to be missionaries of the Risen Lord to the world, by your prayers and your help! Visit our website for more

April 29, 2015

Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

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On this feast of St. Catherine of Siena we honor a spiritual writer and mystic who had a unique influence on those who knew her and on the Church itself. As a Third Order Dominican, she spent much time in prayer. But she also spoke out about world issues and tried to affect reconciliation during the papal Great Schism. She used her short life to shed the light of Christ among believers and non-believers alike. “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in Me might not remain in darkness.… I did not speak on My own, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life” (John 12:46, 49-50). Today we honor St. Catherine as a Doctor of the Church.

This is among her best-known prayers: “Thanks, O Father, for having granted my petitions, and that which I never realized I needed or petitioned.”

Suggested missionary action:  We can offer a World Mission Rosary for the well-being of all missionaries and the people they serve. And let us ask St. Catherine and all the saints to help us live our faith with joy.

During this Easter Season, reflect on the Reason for Hope – our Risen Lord – as you remember the call first heard at Baptism, to be missionaries of the Risen Lord to the world, by your prayers and your help! Visit our website for more.

 

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