• 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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December 21, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Today’s Gospel tells the joyous story of the Annunciation. “The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary” (Luke 1:26-27). Then we hear the angelic messenger deliver the ultimate words of hope to a weary world. God is sending His Son to live with us and for us. And Mary, the holy Jewish young woman freely embraces God’s will for her to be His mother.

With just these few days before Christmas, we need to make time for some quiet contemplation – even in the final bustle of meeting our holiday obligations. We must appreciate the Divine love that sent Jesus into the world to open heaven to us for eternity. Then we will really understand the meaning of the journey from Advent to the glory of Christmas morning.

Suggested missionary action: We can take a little time away from holiday tasks to pray for those who do not yet know Christ. We can ask our Lord to bless them and to be born into their hearts. We can support missionaries – in prayer and by sacrifice – who bring that Good News to our weary world of today.

This Advent, “Be an angel for the Missions!” – supporting those who reach out and help children in the Missions! Visit www.OneFamilyInMission.org for more information.


December 24, 2014

Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Vigil Mass / Christmas Eve

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The Gospel calls us to a deep understanding of God’s love for His people. We hear the story of a young Jewish couple who planned a simple, happy life together until they learned that our Heavenly Father had something more in mind. First Mary, then Joseph, agreed to do all God asked. “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and they shall name Him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us” (Matthew 1:22-23). In Jesus, God is, indeed, with us.

For generations many Catholics have embraced the tradition of attending the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve. They leave the warmth of home and go out into the darkness to worship. The miraculous story of Christ’s birth again becomes an essential part of life. All of us have the same choice that Mary and Joseph faced. We, too, can say, “Yes” to God’s will. We can make Christmas the occasion for the rebirth of our commitment to our Lord – and to His continuing mission here on earth.

Suggested missionary action: Let us welcome the birth of Jesus by sharing Him with a waiting world by sharing His mercy with others, near and far.

This Christmas, “Be an angel for the Missions!” – supporting those who reach out and help children in the Missions! Visit www.OneFamilyInMission.org for more information.


December 25, 2014

Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Mass during the Day

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The joy of Christmas morning is finally here. We journeyed through the season of Advent to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. “What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:3-5).

The very idea of a baby’s birth is a happy one. And the nativity of Christ touches our hearts even more. He is our beloved Lord; the Savior of all people. Christmas reminds us that no matter how difficult life may be, Jesus is the source of life and hope. The Holy Child nestled in His mother’s arms brought the ultimate gift of eternity to every generation on earth. Let us thank our Lord for His great love today and every day. Merry Christmas!

Suggested missionary action: We can ask the Holy Infant to bless in a special way His little ones. And we can offer our own care for His children in need around the world by contributing to the work of the Missions.

This Christmas, “Be an angel for the Missions!” – supporting those who reach out and help children in the Missions! Visit www.OneFamilyInMission.org for more information.


December 26, 2014

Feast of St. Stephen, First Martyr

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We honor today the patron of deacons and the first martyr of the Church: St. Stephen. He had both grace and wisdom and was unafraid to share his belief in Christ despite the danger. He boldly spoke about Jesus so that others would know the mercy of the Son of God. Eventually, an angry crowd “threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’” (Acts 7:58-59). This loyal man gave his life in service to Jesus for the sake of His people.

St. Stephen is a marvelous example of courage and trust in God. He knew that our Lord would always be with him. Even though he faced martyrdom, Stephen believed that he would enjoy eternal life with his Lord. We, too, must entrust ourselves, body and soul, to the will of Almighty God.

Suggested missionary action: Let us pray to St. Stephen asking him to guard and guide today’s missionaries. And we can also pray that these missionaries touch the hearts of those they serve.

This Christmas Season, “Be an angel for the Missions!” – supporting those who reach out and help children in the Missions! Visit www.OneFamilyInMission.org for more information.



 

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