• 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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August 31, 2014

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The readings for today ask us to contemplate the fact that we humans do not think the ways God thinks. While we surely know this to be true, we sometimes forget that Almighty God is the source of wisdom, holiness and love. But we are wise and holy and loving only if we live according to His will. “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

And only by embracing the grace of God can we ever be the people God created us to be. Each of us has a unique task in life that helps to complete the divine plan. It can be an immense challenge to seek our Lord’s way when we would rather seek our own. Yet we must choose to do all He asks in order to live our faith on earth and embrace our Lord in heaven.

Suggested missionary action: We must make an effort everyday to seek “what is good.”  Then we must share God’s goodness and blessing with those around us or far away, through our prayers and actions.


September 1, 2014

Labor Day (Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time)

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As we mark this Labor Day, we need to remember both the material and spiritual significance of our work. The labor of our minds and hands provides the livelihood that makes our daily way of life possible. From the basics of food, clothing and shelter to education, recreation and retirement, the money we earn makes it all possible. Yet the spiritual and ethical element of work is also vital to our welfare and those around us.

One way to express our faith is by doing our work well and encouraging others to do the same. Christ wants us to do good every moment of our lives – including our time at work. Employers and employees have an obligation to show integrity. “How I love Your law, O Lord! It is my meditation all the day.... From every evil way I withhold my feet, that I may keep Your words” (Psalm 119:97, 101). Let us respect all who work for a living, and let us pray for all missionaries who labor daily to reveal The Lord’s love to the poor and in need.

Suggested missionary action: We can pray for those in need of work, just as we can also support the work of the Church’s Missions. Let us willingly offer material aid to those in spiritual and material need.