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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 27, A.D. 2006

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5
Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Luke 21:1-4

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Little did the "poor widow" realize how many people would learn from her example! This is being said in reference to the gospel of today. Christ brought the attention of His disciples to the generosity of the woman. She gave from what she needed, whereas the rich wealthy persons gave from their surplus.

We might ask ourselves the question: how can we always be returning to Christ out of our need? Very quickly we will have nothing. That is the beautiful mystery He was describing. Yes, if we give our all, we really do have nothing, but then we have Him, our dependence on God and each other. But again, we might say that this is really not very practical, and a bit risky to say the least.

There is a way to do this that is very practical—and it's really what our lives are about anyway. It is that we make a deliberate offering of ourselves to God every morning. This is a prayer called “The Morning Offering." A person can pray it in their own words. It helps us realize that everything we have is a gift, and we return that gift, those numerous gifts, to God daily. It changes our entire life, our focus, our priorities!

“O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart to Mary,
I offer thee all my prayers, works and sufferings of this day,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins, the sins of the world,
the intentions of the Pope, the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and my own intentions. Amen.”

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
(jmurphy at utica dot edu)

November 27, 2006

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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