Meditation for the Day

Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, November 23

May Each of Us Learn to Give More Freely and Generously of Ourselves, in Gratitude for All That Our Most Gracious God Has Freely Given to Both You and Me.

Our psalmist asks us two questions today? “Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD? Or who may stand in his holy place?” And, in the next verse, he gives us the answers, “He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.”

How does God see our heart? And do we see our own heart the same way? Is our life filled with vanity and selfishness, or are do we live selflessly, thinking of others first?

Another way of posing these same questions could be – “How well do you and I respond to God’s grace for all that he has given to us? Do we give without counting the cost, or do we hold back because we are unable to truly depend upon or trust in God’s goodness and generosity?” Our Scriptures for today give us pause for thought.

In our First Reading from the Book of Revelation, we are given the image of a countless number of people from throughout the world, “…one hundred and forty-four thousand”, a number symbolic with peoples from every nation, race and tongue who remained faithful to the Lamb, who have the names of the Lamb and the Eternal Father inscribed on their foreheads – a faithful people who truly embraced their faith and did not succumb to the sinful pleasures of idolatry in all its various forms.

For in the last two verses of today’s First Reading, are the words, “These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes…On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.”

In today’s Gospel, we hear of the poor widow who put two coins into the Temple treasury, giving from her need instead of her surplus. To those around her, she was probably ridiculed for the little she contributed, but our Lord saw into her heart, and in her self-sacrificing generosity, Jesus said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest.”

Both Readings speak to us about how the best gift is the gift of self – a self-sacrificing heart, placing our trust completely in God! Both the faithful from our First Reading and the poor widow from the Gospel freely and unselfishly gave of themselves to their God, a God whom they only desired to please through love, humility and obedience.

And in their giving, they exhibited a heart which was filled with an uncompromising faith and trust in the goodness and generosity of the God in whom they had come to know and believe.

And that brings us back to the original questions posed in the beginning of today’s Meditation – How does God see our heart? And how well do you and I respond to God’s grace for all that he has given to us?

Sometimes, the questions are not so easy to answer, or we may not like what we see about ourselves. To be all that God desires us to be, are we able to empty from ourselves our own feelings of ego and self-importance? Are we able to turn our hearts away from thoughts of selfish interests and desires – and truly trust in the God who is our Creator, in the God who is our Savior, in the God who is our Sanctifier?

When we let go of all that holds us to this world, when we liberate ourselves from all the false idols which separate us from God’s Love and which harm our relationship with Him, when we allow God to take control of our lives, allowing Him to not only guide us, but to also fulfill His Divine will in all that He may ask of us –

– THEN we have taken that leap of faith, knowing and believing that whatever happens is in God’s hands! For out of a trusting faith and a self-sacrificing love, we have truly surrendered ourselves to His will, allowing God to be our ONLY God in our daily life!

Is it easy to let go? By no means! And sometimes the process of “letting go and let God” is best accomplished through what is most commonly described as “baby steps”.

But no matter how large or small our steps may be, may each step forward we take in our life of faith – truly trusting in the God who invites each of us to be one with Him – be a grace-filled moment, as we grow, step-by-step, in our relationship with Jesus Christ – learning to love Him more intimately, growing to know Him more intensely.

And may each of us learn to give more freely and generously of ourselves, in gratitude for all that this most gracious God has freely given to both you and me.

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD? Or who may stand in his holy place? He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.” (Psalm 24:3-4ab)
  • “These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes…On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.” (Revelation 14:4b, 5)
  • “[Jesus] 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 21:3-4)
  • “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?’(Matthew 16:24-26)
  • “Consequently, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:12-13)
  • “Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
  • “Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure.” (Psalm 37:3)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord, forgive us when we forget You
and, out of fear and lack of faith,
we fail to truly live our lives
embracing all that You have taught us.

“Forgive us for failing to truly trust in the
indescribable and profound Love
which You have for each of us, Your children.

“Teach us to let go of all that inhibits us,
so that we may begin to truly live
our relationship of love with You.
For, it is in You, and You alone,
where we shall find our greatest joy and fulfillment. Amen.”

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