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November 25, 2019

Daily Reflection for Monday, November 25, 2019
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112519.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
Responsorial:  Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gospel:  Luke 21:1-4

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
“He said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest …”      Luke 21:3

It is Thanksgiving week here in the United States.  We recall and remember the discovery of our country and the story that has been passed down through the years of how the first colonists of this nation chose to celebrate their first harvest season.  With Thanksgiving.  They thanked God for his abundance and took time out of their normal lives to prepare a feast and share it with both the natives of this land and the new community of which they were a part. 

I can’t help but notice the message of gratitude in today’s Gospel as well.  Jesus reminds us in this passage that the size of the gift is not the focus.  Rather, it is the spirit of the gift that truly matters.  This poor woman, gave what she had, trusting in her God to provide for her need.  God bestows many blessings on us all.  Learning to give back to God is a life-long journey for most of us.
To give from our need and to do so with a grateful heart is the lesson I found today in this reading. 

As we gather with family and friends this week, might we not take a few minutes first to recall the ways that we have been richly blessed this year?  Might we consider how God could be calling us to give from our need rather than our want?  What sacrifice can we make that might make a significant impact on God’s plan for our world? 

Wishing you peace and much thanksgiving in this season,

In Heartfelt Joy,

Lynne Brennan

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