• 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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September 21, 2014

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Old and New Testament readings for today reveal that the heart and mind of God are far beyond our comprehension. “For My thoughts are not Your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are My ways and My thoughts above your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Our Lord wants us to open ourselves to His grace. Then we can better understand what He asks of us. Instead of pettiness or self-absorption, God wants us to emulate Him by being big-hearted and open-handed. God does not want us to be overwhelmed by the difference between divine and human attitude. Rather, He calls us to draw closer to Him, to rejoice in His love and share that love with others.

Suggested missionary action: We can strive to imitate the generosity of God by materially assisting the Church’s missionary work around the world – being “big-hearted and open-handed” to the poor, the marginalized, and those in greatest need. Moreover, we can offer our prayer and example for the good of all God’s people.