Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 23 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
A reflection on today's Scripture:
This poor woman put in more than all the rest. (see Luke 21:3)
Giving from surplus is a good thing. Sharing with all is a good thing. Caring for others from the abundance God has given us is a good thing. But a better thing is to care for others in a way that costs something, that puts us out just a little.
In the passage, Jesus refers specifically to the money that the poor widow donated for the poor. But His statement goes for anything we give out of our poorness. If we are busy executives, parents, spouses, people, and we stop to spend five minutes with a stranger in trouble -- this is a gift beyond measure.
If we are depressed, unhappy, sad, lonely people and we take time to serve those in the same condition or those who can't leave their homes, we are paying out of our poorness. We are always blessed when we do this. Not that we expect blessings, but blessings come because that is the way of the love of God.
Continue to give from your surplus; continue to do all the good things you do. But we would all do well to seek places where we could give more from our poverty, more from the banks that we feel have only two pennies themselves. For by investing those two pennies, God will pay back abundantly. Our God is a God rich in love and full of knowledge of what we need, so when we give out of our neediness, He replenishes with His love.
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Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Clement I, pope and martyr
St. Columban, abbot
Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest and martyr
Lives of the saints:
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