Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 25, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Catherine of Alexandra

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20

Psalm (Daniel 3)

Luke 21:1-4

In our first reading, Daniel makes a plea for his own simple food and drink instead of food and drink from the king’s table.  He and three others had been chosen from among their brothers to prepare for very special service provided by the king’s court.  When pressured by the king to “eat up,” Daniel persisted in his choice to eat simple food.  Eventually, it was determined that he and his group were healthier and more physically fit than the others preparing for their special mission.

The Gospel of Luke gives us Jesus’ observation of the poor widow who can afford no more than a few coins for her temple offering.  Our Lord notes that she gave from her poverty, not from her wealth.

Friends we are at the beginning of Thanksgiving Week.  It occurs to me that these readings can be sources for prayer as many of us in the United States prepare for this special feast and for family gatherings.  We remember Saint Catherine of Alexandra and recall her example of being one of the women who were known as the “virgin martyrs” who were bright, strong and steadfast in their adherence to Christianity and to their virginity, which eventually brought them to martyrdom.  Saint Catherine’s example might prompt a few moments of refection on what ARE the most important things of life and what are we willing to do to protect them. 

The widow’s offering is a reminder to give some attention to the countless millions of people in our world who will not be feasting on Thanksgiving Day and to reach out to them.  Please consider making a donation to the numerous food banks and other resources to help ease the pain of hunger or volunteering at local agencies to help serve to the needy.

And finally, let’s try to spend some quiet time reflecting on our gifts and blessings especially a few that did not immediately present themselves to us as gifts, and to our Lord, the “Great Gift Giver.”  

Question of the Day:  When you are able to do so, will you help Jesus relieve the hardships that face the poor and marginalized?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, give me a child’s heart.  Make me reach out to my brothers and sisters with love and compassion.

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