Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of the Holy Souls
Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
29 Days Before Christmas
Know that the experience of pain is something so noble and precious that the Divine Word, who enjoyed the abundant riches of Paradise, yet, because He was not clothed with this ornament of sorrow, came down from Heaven to seek it upon the earth. — St Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi http://origin.ewtn.com/devotionals/inspiration.asp#26
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112612.cfm
Reflection: Do you know the joy of selfless giving and love for others? True love doesn’t calculate; it spends lavishly! Jesus drove this point home to his disciples while sitting in the temple and observing people offering their tithes. Jesus praised a poor widow who gave the smallest of coins in contrast with the rich who gave greater sums. How can someone in poverty give more than someone who has ample means? Jesus’ answer is very simple: love is more precious than gold or wealth! Jesus taught that real giving must come from the heart. A gift that is given with a grudge or for display loses its value. But a gift given out of love, with a spirit of generosity and sacrifice, is precious. The amount or size of the gift doesn’t matter as much as the cost to the giver. The poor widow could have kept one of her coins, but instead she recklessly gave away all she had! Jesus praised someone who gave barely a penny – how insignificant a sum – because it was everything she had, her whole living. What we have to offer may look very small and not worth much, but if we put all we have at the Lord’s disposal, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then God can do with it and with us what is beyond our reckoning. Do you give out of love and gratitude for what God has already given to you?
“Lord Jesus, your love knows no bounds and you give without measure. All that I have comes from you. May I give freely and generously in gratitude for all that you have given to me. Take my life and all that I possess – my gifts, talents, time and resources – and use them as you see fit for your glory.” http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/nov26.htm
Saint of the Day: St. John Berchmans, Patron of Altar Servers 1599 – 1621
Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John Froymont. In 1615, he entered the newly founded Jesuit College at Malines, and the following year became a Jesuit novice. He was sent to Rome in 1618 to continue his studies, and was known for his diligence and piety, impressing all with his holiness and stress on perfection in little things. He died there on August 13. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and he was canonized in 1888. He is the patron of altar boys. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=454
More Saint of the Day
- St. Alypius
- St. Amator
- St. Basolus
- St. Bellinus
- St. Conrad
- St. Dominic Doan Xuyen
- St. Faustus
- Bl. Gaetana Sterni
- St. Leonard of Port Maurice
- St. Martin of Arades
- St. Nicon the Metanoeite
- St. Phileas
Let me be the change I want to be. Even if I am not the light, I can be the spark.