31st Monday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Monday of Ordinary Time November 4, 2019 WORD of the DAY Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14: 12-14) How shall I live this Word? In this Gospel Jesus invites us to be generous and gratuitous in our life, not seeking to be repaid for what we can do but rather consider the needs of our neighbor. Meeting the needs of others without expecting something in return for what we do is true charity. Jesus and the saints give us a marvelous example of this charity that places love for others first. Just as we have been helped in our life (by parents, family, friends, and people God has placed beside us), thus we too should...

Last Monday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 27, 2017 34th Monday in Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY 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. (Luke 21: 2-4) How shall I live this Word? As He is praying, the Lord observes the gesture of a poor woman who is making her offering at the Temple.  After the contributions loudly proclaimed by the rich, the widow silently throws in her few cents.  It was all she had to live on.  Jesus’ voice resounds timely and deep.  He recognizes the attitude of evangelical minority, so dear to Him, the precious truth of a total and gratuitous gift.  What God expects of us is the total gift of ourselves. The Voice of Prayer Lord God, You see the heart of those who give and judge on the basis of the love that animates it.  Teach us to be generous and to offer You, not our superfluous, but a part...