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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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May 5, 2016

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

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On this feast day we celebrate the ascension of Christ into heaven, body and soul. Forty days after His resurrection on Easter Sunday, Jesus gathered His cherished disciples and reminded them that He had fulfilled the promise that He would suffer, die and then rise again. Our Lord said that the time had come for them to accept their responsibility to go out into the world and preach His message of salvation. “Then He led them out as far as Bethany, raised His hands, and blessed them. As He blessed them He parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did Him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Luke 24:50-52).

That day could have been one of fear and sorrow for Jesus’ loyal disciples. Instead, they knew that their Savior truly lived, that He had returned to His Father. But He would never abandon them. Jesus assured them that the Holy Spirit would send the grace to follow His way of life. They would be people of faith, hope and love. This feast of the Ascension encourages us to share our belief in Christ knowing we will one day embrace Him in heaven.

May 8, 2016

Seventh Sunday of Easter

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In these days after celebrating Jesus’ Ascension, we are reminded that He would never leave His disciples alone to struggle on without Him. Instead, our Redeemer promised that the Holy Spirit would come to provide the grace and strength we all need to be true followers of Christ. And He also reassured us that, ultimately, we would be with Him, as St. John tells us in an earlier chapter of his Gospel: “I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord. I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice” (John 14:18).

Too often, in living our faith we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the fear of failure. We think about what God demands of us – and how hard it is to be good and to do good day by day. Rather, we must entrust ourselves, body and soul, to our Lord who loves us and will always look after us. We have only to contemplate His mercy, not our shortcomings.

Suggested missionary action:  Let us thank our Lord for His gift of love to us and to all people everywhere. Let us pray that we return His generous love by sharing His compassion with others each day.  And today, on the birthday of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose “greatest love” were the Missions of the Church, let us offer a gift in his memory to support missionaries today.

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