November 25, 2013

November 25

November 25, 2013:   Monday, 34th week, Ordinary Time

    Wordle: Readings 11-25-13
  • Dn 1:1-6, 8-20  King Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem.  Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah avoid defilement from king's food by passing 10-day vegetable test.  God gave them knowledge and understanding.  They entered the king’s service, were found better than the rest.
  • Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56  "Glory and praise for ever!"  Blessed are you in the temple, on the throne, in heaven...
  • Lk 21:1-4  Jesus seeing the wealthy give offerings and poor widow giving two coins:  “This widow put in more than all the rest; they offered from their surplus, but she gave her livelihood.”
  • Pope Francis homily:  The four from 1st reading remained faithful, even at risk of life, and the widow gave all.  They trusted, knowing God is faithful.  Choosing to be faithful is important in little and big things alike.  Lives of persecuted Christians encourage us to offer everything.  Think about those who made/make courageous choices and about parents who make small choices of faith daily with their families.  Ask God for courage, every day and in extreme situations.
  • Pope Francis angelus:  Evangelii gaudium  presented before tomorrow's release.  With the Angelus prayer, we invoke Mary's protection, especially for the many persecuted because of their faith.
  • Creighton:  Widow gave all from her poverty.  What's most important?  Reach out to those not feasting this Thursday.  Reflect on our gifts and the Giver.
  •  Real giving comes from the heart ; gifts given out of love are precious.  If I put all I have at God's disposal, God will do with it/us what's beyond imagination. Do I give out of love and gratitude for what God's given me? 
    • Universalis:  St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin martyr; St. Colman of Cloyne, bard turned bishop
    Music (including some from yesterday, Christ the King)

    • "Penny pincher" pin:  wealthy's offering from surplus, widow's of all she had (gospel)
    • Crucifix pin:  Jesus made peace through blood of cross (1st reading)
      • Crown of Claddagh tie pin:  Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
        • "Love" sticker, heart of Claddagh pin:  Widow's total offering; Christ, King of Love
        • "Clocks" tie:  Ordinary Time closing, Day of the Lord coming
        • Green shirt, suspenders, and windbreaker:  Ordinary Time

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