Posted by: livingscripture | November 25, 2019

34th Monday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Last Monday of Ordinary Time

November 25, 2019 

WORD of the DAY 

When he 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.”  (Luke 21: 1-4)

 

How shall I live this Word?

It was the custom in Jerusalem that the priests, interested in seeing from time to time what was being poured into the treasury of the Temple, and by whom, declared aloud the extent and intention of the offering, assigning it to one of the thirteen coffers available. Their gaze was probably more interested in the consistency of money than in the person. Jesus substitutes them and proclaims, after having lingered to observe carefully, a word of truth, which goes in favor of a poor, apparently insignificant widow. His gaze is not obscured by self-interest. His words are more effective than a scourge, and if the evangelist John tells us how sellers and money changers are removed from their abusive occupations with a whip (Jn 2.15), Luke tells us that Jesus cannot be sympathetic even to those who with the privilege and immunity conferred on them by a sacred habit make the house of God a place where capital is concentrated and power is traded.

I ask myself if and how I live the intensity of my rapport with the Lord, because if it is true that the widow naturally tends to seek the presence of the spouse who is taken away, each of us is called to recognize in our emptiness and poverty, a great nostalgia for God.

The voice of  St. John Bosco, great saint of the young

That little bit of science, what little experience I have acquired, how much they are and how much I possess, prayers, labors, health, my life itself, I want to use everything at your service. On any day and for whatever reason, you can count on me, but especially in the things of the soul. For my part, I give you all myself; it will be petty, but when I give you everything, it means that I reserve nothing for myself.

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