• 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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February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

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On this Ash Wednesday we join fellow Catholics and many other Christians in receiving ashes on the forehead to recall our mortality. We start Lent by acknowledging our sins, our dependence on Almighty God and our desire for salvation. “Have mercy on me, O God, in Your goodness; in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense.... O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise” (Psalm 51:3, 17).

We tend to think of the Lenten season as a time to “give things up” as a sign of our repentance and sacrifice. Yet a change of heart really means becoming a more compassionate and faithful follower of our cherished Lord – “taking more on” then in terms of love and mercy. Then we will truly thank God for His generous gifts of eternal life and love. Then we will become the good and gracious people Almighty God created us to be.

Suggested missionary action:  We must welcome Lent as an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our Lord. And we must do our best to help His people through prayer, example and charitable giving.

Connect during this Lenten Season with your mission family – through prayer and sacrifice, “helping hope live”!  Learn more at www.OneFamilyInMission.org.

Connect any day in every season with people and projects happening around the world!  Download the Missio app.  Be a change-maker! missio.org

February 14, 2016

First Sunday of Lent

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Today’s liturgical readings encourage us to trust God completely: body and soul. At certain points in life, everyone experiences fear, suffering and the urge to seek our own way. However, we need to realize our Lord always wants what is best for us and we must cooperate with Him. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.… The same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon Him” (Romans 10:9, 12).

In the day-to-day activity of life, we may be tempted to concentrate on ourselves and our desires instead of putting God first. Yet only by striving to serve God and caring for His people can we become the compassionate and loyal people that the Almighty made us to be. Only by striving to live as true followers of our Redeemer can we know His peace and joy.

Suggested missionary action:  We can ask our Lord to help us deal with the temptations in life. And we can entrust ourselves to His mercy by living faithfully and sharing the blessings of our belief in Christ.

Connect during this Lenten Season with your mission family – through prayer and sacrifice, “helping hope live”!  Learn more at www.OneFamilyInMission.org.

Connect any day in every season with people and projects happening around the world!  Download the Missio app.  Be a change-maker! missio.org


 

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