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  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious

Gospel Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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May 29, 2016

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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This feast, still commonly known as Corpus Christi, offers an opportunity to show special reverence for the Holy Eucharist. While this sacrament was instituted at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, our focus then was on the Passion of Christ. Today we contemplate the great gift of the Body and Blood of Christ that He offered for our salvation – and we still celebrate during each Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Gospel recounts the miracle of the loaves and fishes. This event shows how much Jesus cared for followers’ physical and spiritual welfare. Instead of sending thousands of people away to fend for themselves, our Lord fed them. “Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd” (Luke 9:16-17). Our Savior still tends to the well-being of His people. The Eucharist (from the Greek word for thanksgiving) sustains our souls even more than bread does our bodies. Let us give thanks today and everyday for Christ’s gift of life and love.

May 31, 2016

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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On this last day of May that traditionally honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, we ponder the feast of the Visitation. After the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that God had chosen her to be the mother of His Son, Mary set out to see her cousin Elizabeth. She, too, played a special role in the divine plan as the mother of John the Baptist who would prepare the way for Jesus. “Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice... ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb’” (Luke 1:41-42).

These lovely words are familiar to us from the Hail Mary. They pay tribute to Mary for her unique place as the Mother of our Savior, the Mother of God. Clearly, Jesus Himself is the true focus of this meeting. His Incarnation among us is God’s gift for the salvation of our immortal soul. And we see Mary and Elizabeth share a remarkable moment when John is freed from original sin in the presence of Christ. Today, let us meditate on the faith of Mary and Elizabeth that opened them completely to God’s will.