Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 21, A.D. 2005
Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's Gospel invites us to consider how Jesus views generosity. Some
to be very generous in that they give an very much and others, by
very little. Jesus points out that it is not just how much we give, but
orientation of our hearts; that is, how much of what we have are we
The story tells us that the rich, indeed, gave a lot, whereas the poor
gave little, probably all that she had or more than she could afford.
points out for us that in spite of appearances the widow gave more, in
she gave all she had. That is not to say that the rich were not
but not as generous.
Jesus always has us look at our behaviors and the attitudes that drive
What is my attitude toward sharing; how do I respond? The question is
personal as is the responsibility to act in accordance with God's will
in imitation of His Son, Who, like the widow gave all that He had.
Growing in generosity requires God's grace and a willingness to account
things of this world as God would have us do. It is a process that
away from valuing possessions for their own sake to valuing them them
the assistance they can be for the sake of others.
A favorite restaurant in our area in the wake of the recent natural
disasters had a helpful note on their marquee. It said: "Give till it
may we be found pleasing in Your sight
and our willingness to help,
a mirror of Your own love for us.
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Lives of the saints:
The Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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