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November 22, 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, November 22, 2021

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

Today we offer you a reflection from parishioner and new writer, Gerard Randall. Welcome, Gerard!

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link: 

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
Responsorial: Daniel 3:52-56
Gospel: Luke 21:1-4

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
When Jesus 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

I was speaking with someone recently, and I said to her, “You are constantly giving to others.” She said to me, “Is that what you think of me? I don’t think I am.” I replied, “People who are constantly giving to others never think they are.” I had never thought of the response I gave before that moment, but I think it’s true. I’ll bet the poor widow was one of those givers. I’ll bet she was always giving to her community, to her extended family, to whomever needed something. And if she had overheard Jesus’s remarks, she would have looked around to see who he was talking about.

At a point in some people’s lives, giving seems to become part of their autonomic nervous system…it becomes as natural to them as breathing. They hardly notice it. I see those people all around me. They organize meals when people are sick, they feed the poor, they visit prisons, they mentor people who are trying to stay out of prison, they work with immigrants, they protest injustice, they help take care of pregnant women and their unborn babies, they teach children who are living on the margins, they arrange Thanksgiving meals for those who need it, and on and on. I often see those same people giving away what’s left of their limited free time to simply listen to others and allow them to feel valued. Plink, plink, plink. The treasury grows.

In Jesus’s parable called “The Tax Collector and the Pharisee,” the pharisee prays “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” (Luke 18: 9-14) He was all too aware of the sacrifices he was making and was carefully accounting for each and every one.

I pray that I can move beyond my pharisaical attitude towards giving. I want to be more like the widow and those saints I see in my life. May God give me the grace to give from my poverty and not from my surplus.

Gerard Randall


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