Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
November 23, 2020
Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Clement I (35-+99) Patron Saint of Mariners;
Saint Columban (540-+615) Patron Saint of Motorcyclists; Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, Martyr, (1891-+1927)
Book of Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5; Psalm 24:1bc-2,3-4ab, 5-6 ; Luke 21:1-4
The Widow's Mite (Le denier de la veuve), circa 1886-1894 by James Tissot
To draw near to God calls for our unconditional commitment. During the last week of the church year, examples of such courage are cited from the Book of Revelation. The martyrs have faced death as everyone must, but they died because of their commitment to Jesus, and their names are listed among one hundred and forty-four thousand chosen ones who follow the Lamb.
It has been said that the trials of life can be seen positively as purifying our faith. Even sins can lead us to trust less in ourselves and rely more fully on God. In the end, we will be among the numberless group who join in the Lamb's marriage feast to fully and eternally enjoy the love of God. At times, this hope may inspire us to go the extra mile and give our shirt and cloak to the one who needs it more. (Mt 5:40-42)
The Gospel narrative of Saint Luke tells about the generous poor widow who offers her last two copper coins for the Temple's upkeep. Jesus reveals to us that giving what she could not afford was worth more than the richest donation. Are we prepared, in case of urgent need, to give until it hurts? This would be following the spirit of Jesus, who gave Himself totally on the cross for us. Only in the end will we truly know the real value of whatever we have managed to contribute as we make our way through life.
Question of the Day: How will you offer your time, talent, and treasure to benefit others?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, provide me with a generous heart so I may offer what I have to benefit others. Amen.