June 7, 2008
Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Mark 12: 38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said, "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."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe your word that what is on the inside is important. I love you and will amend my attitudes so that they correspond with what is important to you. I believe that you are present and that you want your grace to flow through me, so that I may be as generous as the poor widow, who trusted in you and gave all she had.
Petition: Lord, help me use today and every day to spread the gospel of love.
1. Give God Our Best The lady who offered the two copper coins lived in a manner which highly pleased Christ. He praised her loving attitude of giving her best and leaving the rest in God’s hands. When we are tired, when we are bored, even when we feel we don’t have much to offer, Christ awaits our best. How well do I love when I am tired?
2. Every Day Counts We must focus our attention on the present, on how well we can serve God and others now. Jesus sees the heart; he sees our intentions, and he promises to give us special graces when we stretch a little more, when much is required of us. Even when we are sick, we can offer our love, discomfort and sufferings. How pleasing they are to Our Lord! Have I converted moments of sickness into healthy moments of grace?
3. Heaven Bound There will be incredible rewards for those who serve Christ: their happiness, now and forever and that of their loved ones. Nothing will be lacking in heaven. There will be no pain, loneliness or hurt. If we were able to see heaven for some short minutes and could remember that vision, we wouldn’t hesitate in giving our very best in every moment. Then not only we, but also our loved ones and neighbors, would hear the words of Our Lord welcoming us to spend eternal life with him. I must envision and strongly desire this moment.
Dialogue with Christ: Lord, I love you. I thank you. I want to imitate you and give my best in different areas: prudently, charitably, and firmly defending the truths of the Catholic faith in word and deed; being patient, respectful, and attentive to the needs of those around me; speaking well of others by avoiding destructive criticism, gossip and useless complaining. Heaven awaits me. I look forward to it.
Resolution: In a moment when I am tired, I will remember my belief that no matter how small my actions, if they are done with love I will please God. I will give my best in that moment.
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