In prayer, I will make a list of all that I can do for Jesus this week and will offer this to him.
Introductory Prayer: Dear Jesus,
I believe that you have blessed me with life and with a vibrant faith. Thank you. so that I may
dedicate this time and prayer to you. I love you, and I offer youask you to inspire me with
generosity today, so that all I am and all that I have willwith the desire of becomeing a joyful
gift to you.
Petition: Lord, teach me to joyfully share joyfully all that I have
1. Some Wealthy People: . Jesus sat before the temple treasury. What did
Jesus see as he looked on? He saw more than we do. He saw the heart. Wealth tends to captivate us
with desire and enslave us with concerns and worries. Jesus saw many hearts squeeze out just a
couple drops of their abundant security, a gesture that was neither painful nor difficult. The act
of fulfilling, or thinking they were fulfilling a duty to God, caused them to glow with
self-satisfaction. Some even were bloated with pride for having given so much, and yet their act was
empty of real self-giving. They gave with routine indifference. Their giving lacked love. What does
Jesus see in my daily or weekly gifts? Do I generously give God my all when I see him on the altar?
Do I generously give him my all when I am on my knees in prayer? Do I do I give him my all on my
feet at work?
2. A Poor Widow: . Only Jesus could have seen that this widow was now
reduced to total dependence on family or friends. She gave more because she gave herself with a
heart full of surrender. Is there anything we can give God that he has not already given us? We can
give God our trustful surrender. The poor widow gave to God with trust since she knew that he would
continue to care for her. She had no other real desire but to be with him and be enriched by him.
Her giving was serene and resigned, not despairing, but rather full of hope. She had the hope of
someone who knows deep down how much God loves her. How much do I trust and depend on him,
particularly when other securities begin to disappear?
3. Offering My Whole Life: .
Jesus shows the great importance to of how we give —-- not only to of what we give. What we have —--
our possessions and those, which om we have in some way we have way made our own —-- are not for us.
We have them so that we might give them. A, and we should give them back to God, for they are his.
We give them as an expression of our love for God. I give my life when I work diligently, practice
charity, pray, or sacrifice for love of Christ. All these acts of love, if not made explicit before,
are made into an intentional gift to Jesus, when I mentally place them upon the paten, along with
the hosts to be consecrated, during the Offertory at Mass. Do I give him my whole life?
Christ: Lord Jesus, awaken me to all you are for me, and let me realize all that you have
given me. May I never cease to thank you through my own self-giving. You are my living and constant
invitation to be more generous, , to give more often and with more love. Open my heart, Lord, to
Resolution: In prayer, I will make a list of all that I can do for Jesus
this week and will offer this to him. Then, on Sunday during the Offertory, I will mentally place
before him on the paten, during the Offertory, all the sacrifices I have made during the week— as my
real gift to him, given with faith and love.