Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
In prayer, I will make a list of all that I can do for Jesus this week and offer this to him. Then, on Sunday during the Offertory, I will mentally place before him on the paten all the sacrifices I have made during the week—my real gift to him, given with faith and love.
Dear Jesus, I believe that you have blessed me
with life and with a vibrant faith. Thank you. I dedicate this time and prayer to you. I love you,
and I offer you all that I am and all that I have with the desire of becoming a joyful gift to
Lord, teach me to 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 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 one
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 of how we give—not only of what we give. What we have—our possessions and those,
which in some way we have made our own—are not for us. We have them so that we might give them, 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?
Conversation with Christ:
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
invitation to be more generous, to give more often
and with more
love. Open my heart, Lord, to your work!
In prayer, I will make
a list of all that I can do for Jesus this week and offer this to him. Then, on Sunday during the
Offertory, I will mentally place before him on the paten all the sacrifices I have made during the
week—my real gift to him, given with faith and love.