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Friday, 20 November 2009 19:32

J esus has commanded all Christians – everyone who professes to worship in His name – to have a special love and concern for the poor.


How do we know this?  Let’s look at today’s Gospel reading:  “. . . this poor widow put in more than all the rest.”  Clearly, Jesus lauds the efforts of the poor to embrace their poverty and still extend a hand to help others, as this poor widow did.


Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56


L uke 21:1-4 He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; (2) and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. (3) And he said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; (4) for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had."
   
Meditation by Brian Kokensparger

M ost teachers use repetition every now and then to reinforce important concepts, especially when they think their students are not “getting” it.  They look around the classroom, and if they see telltale blank stares and scrunched-up faces, they repeat themselves.  Or they look for a different way to express the concept.  They do this again and again until they’re assured that all of their students get it.


As I recently read through the decrees from the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), I came across a phrase that always rises up to challenge me:  “a preferential option for the poor.”

“There it is again,” I said, a little disappointed that the Jesuits had not moved on to something a little more in my comfort zone.

Some of the other hot topics may come and go, such as electing new generals and dealing with internal squabbles (see http://www.companysj.com/GC35/), but since 1968, when Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., penned his letter to the Jesuits of Latin America, the phrase has gained a prominent place time after time in important documents both within the Jesuit Order but also in other Church teachings.

Why?

I think the phrase keeps getting repeated because we still don’t get it.

Now I’m not a Jesuit, but I do know several (most) Jesuits who do get it.  So this is not about them.  This is about us.  You and me.

The documents of the general congregations, though they may be written to give vision and direction to the Jesuits around the world, are also meant to inspire those who work with and among the Jesuits.

That means me.

Since you are reading today’s Daily Reflection, which I assume you do often, then your prayers and intentions and good deeds are also an extension of this apostolate of the Daily Reflection ministry.

So that means the documents of the general congregations may offer some vision and direction to you as well.

Now back to the preferential option for the poor:  Do you get it?

Jesus has commanded all Christians – everyone who professes to worship in His name – to have a special love and concern for the poor.

How do we know this?  Let’s look at today’s Gospel reading:  “. . . this poor widow put in more than all the rest.”  Clearly, Jesus lauds the efforts of the poor to embrace their poverty and still extend a hand to help others, as this poor widow did.  The Gospel is brimming with accounts of Jesus holding up the poor in spirit AND materially poor as a model for what He calls us to be.  We are called to be like the widow.

If you are like me, you probably worry that embracing your own poverty – accepting it – basking in it, even, will make you less able to be responsive to the needs of others (financially and physically).  The young men in the first reading (maybe the first young people in history to choose vegetarianism as a lifestyle) chose to live simply and courageously as inspired by the Law, and were certainly none the worse for it.  God took care of them.

Oh, NOW I get it . . . I think . . . I hope . . . I pray.


Supplementary Reading
THEy SAW AND uNDERSTooD
 

Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand. – Romans 15:21


 
As we drove through the gates of Manila City Jail for Women, we were apprehensive about how the prisoners would receive us. As the national coordinator for Rosary for Life Inc., I was going to speak to them about praying the rosary to help stop abortion and to respect life whether in the womb or in old age. Will they listen?

These women were housed there temporarily until they were finally sentenced. Their matron was telling us of their varied cases: drugs, drug peddling, murder, robbery and many more. Young and old, they came from both poor and affluent families. And, the ironic thing was, many of them have had abortions.

Calling on Jesus, the Holy Spirit, all the saints in heaven and Mother Mary, I started to speak to them about God’s love, His greatness and the sanctity of life. They listened, they saw and they understood, just as our reading today says.

As God’s servant and messenger, that experience made me more confident every  time I go out to proclaim His Word. --- Chelle Crisanto

 
REFLECTION:

Don’t be afraid to speak about Jesus. Whether you’re eloquent or not, remember that the convincing power of the Holy Spirit is there to aid you.
 
Lord Holy Spirit, use me to speak Your message to others today.
 

For meditation/readings of the previous days/months , please click any of the following links:
http://his-ways-better-than-our-ways.blogspot.com/
http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/the-daily-bread.html
http://butuanglobalforum.org/cgi-bin/dboard/YaBB.pl?num=1229339492/220


 
Daily Mass and Gospel Meditation Broadcast (Tagalog) thru DWXI (5am Phil Time), pls click this link:  http://www.eradioportal.com/index.php?p=2&aid=1&sid=62#STS=g1jais7y.zk6

GOD BLESS US ALL!
O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 




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