MY daily reflection and prayer:
Saturday, June 06, 2015
9th Ordinary Week Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 12:38-44
And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
There are two themes we can reflect from Jesus’ word in the gospel today. The first is about the true religion and the second is about offering with love.
According to Jesus Christ, the true religion is marked by the desire for selfless service and the desire for promoting the good of others through humble service and love. It is relating rightly to God and to one’s neighbor with love, honor, and respect.
Jesus Christ also teaches us about a dramatic lesson in giving with love. Love doesn’t calculate. Jesus Christ praises a poor widow who gives the smallest of coins in contrast with the rich who gives greater sums.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn to live the true religion. There we serve God and promote the good of others through humble service, love and prayer. What we have to offer in Adoration may look very small and not worth much. God can do with it and with us what is beyond our doing.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, put your Holy Spirit within us that we may be filled with the joy of his presence, the joy of true worship, and the joy of selfless giving and love for others. Free our hearts to give liberally, both to you Lord and to our neighbors now and forever. Amen.
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