• 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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November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day

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The Old Testament reading for today is beautifully suited to our celebration of Thanksgiving. “Bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to His will! May He grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you” (Sirach 50:22-23).

Today we thank our Lord in a special way for the many blessings He offers to us, our family and friends, and all His people. This is more than a lovely American holiday. We share the desire to publicly offer gratitude with many cultures and countries starting with the ancient Jews. It is good to stop and praise God for His mercy today and every day of the year. And let us remember to thank the people in our lives who mean so much to us, as well – as we give thanks for missionaries who bring God’s love and mercy to the poor and those in greatest need.

Suggested missionary action: Let us show generosity this Thanksgiving Day to those in need. By sharing our material help we turn love into action and reveal the joy of our faith in Christ.

November 30, 2014

First Sunday of Advent

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The season of Advent points to the coming of Jesus Christ. First, we think about the birth of the Holy Infant in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago. Then we must think about eternity, and the second coming of Christ at some unknown time. Most of us would rather contemplate the Holy Family surrounded by shepherds and angels than face our own mortality and the day of judgment. Still, St. Paul reminds us today, that we are not alone on our journey through life. “I give thanks to my God always on your account.... He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by Him you were called to fellowship with His Son” (1 Corinthians 1:4, 8-9).

We have no reason to be afraid of God. He loves us and offers us the gift of grace and mercy every moment of our lives. Let us always welcome Him.

Suggested missionary action: Let us resolve to use each day of Advent to draw closer to Christ in faith. Through prayer and sacrifice we can grow spiritually and help others do the same.

This Advent Season, “Be An Angel” for children in the Missions! Learn more at www.OneFamilyInMission.org.

December 3, 2014

Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, Priest

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Today we celebrate the life and work of St. Francis Xavier, patron of the missions. He was born in a Spanish castle and planned for an academic career. But during his studies in Paris, he met Ignatius Loyola and dedicated himself to sharing the Gospel of Jesus as a Jesuit priest. In 1542, he reached India and, over the next decade, Francis also taught the message of Christ in the Malaysian islands and Japan. In addition to preaching, he set an example by living among the needy and the suffering. He died on an island off the coast of China in 1552, having introducing the Christian faith to thousands.

Like St. Ignatius, we rejoice in the gift of salvation. “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us: This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that He has saved us!” (Isaiah 25:9) We also have the responsibility and opportunity to share Christ’s word with others.

Suggested missionary action: We can ask the patron of the Missions and missionaries, St. Francis Xavier, to protect all who carry the word of God to people around the world. And we offer our material support to the Church’s Missions.

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 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent

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The second reading for today urges us to be prepared for our own death as well as for the end of the world. “We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace” (2 Peter 3:13-14). Yet death is a subject that most of us find just too uncomfortable to contemplate and the second coming of Christ seems simply too remote. Instead, we generally avoid thinking about either.

Today we should make time to consider St. Peter’s exhortation for all Christians to trust God as we anticipate our own end and the end of the world. God will call us in His own time. If we do our best to be ready for Him, we have no reason to fear. Our Lord loves us and wants us to love each other. That is how we prepare for Him to open His arms to us for eternity.

Suggested missionary action: We can meditate on how we can spread the Kingdom of God. And we can pray for those who do not yet know the love and mercy of our Lord.

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.



 

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