• 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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April 27, 2014

Second Sunday of Easter / Sunday of Divine Mercy

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This is truly a wonderful and unusual day for the Church. First, we join in spending this Sunday after Easter celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy. The day calls us to an increased awareness of our Father’s gracious compassion for each one of us – particularly through the gift of His beloved Son and our Savior. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in His great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable” (1 Peter 1:3-4).

On this day we also honor Pope John Paul II – who proclaimed this feast – as a saint. At the same time, Pope John XXIII is also being canonized. Both of these men gave their lives as expressions of God’s mercy. Today let us offer a joyful prayer of thanksgiving to our Lord.

Suggested missionary action:  We can study the lives of these men who have had such an influence on our own lives. Let us ask St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II to pray for us and for all missionaries and those they serve.