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November 26, 2018

Lk 21:1-4

He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Emptying oneself complete to God

I often take for granted of how present Christianity is within my own life and world. I work at a Catholic school, I go to a Catholic University, and almost all of my friends and family members are Catholic or other Christian. With Christianity being so prevalent, I find that the faith component of Christianity can be overlooked by the culture of Christianity. Someone who is fully immersed in the culture of Christianity is doing all of the outwards signs to demonstrate the individual’s Christian identity. I am guilty of this. I go to church (almost) every Sunday, I donate what I “can” to the Church or to charity (which decreases when I want a new pair of dress boots for the winter), and I offer service once a month.

In today’s reading, Jesus is asking us to go beyond the culture of Christianity. Jesus points out that faith does not involve picking and choosing when and what to sacrifice. Instead, Jesus emphasizes that true faith is the emptying of oneself completely to God. This true faith does not only reference money but also energy, time, pride, material items, and personal wants. Real faith requires that the whole self, no matter the risk or the effort, are for God and God’s purposes.

—Beth Moeller is a member of the Billiken Teacher Corps through Saint Louis University and is the campus minister and theology teacher at Loyola Academy of Saint Louis, a middle school for boys.

Prayer

Good and gracious God, help me to put my whole faith in you, no matter how inconvenient of difficult it may seem at the time. Take my life, and use it for your purpose, to bring about your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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November 26, 2018

Lk 21:1-4

He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Emptying oneself complete to God

I often take for granted of how present Christianity is within my own life and world. I work at a Catholic school, I go to a Catholic University, and almost all of my friends and family members are Catholic or other Christian. With Christianity being so prevalent, I find that the faith component of Christianity can be overlooked by the culture of Christianity. Someone who is fully immersed in the culture of Christianity is doing all of the outwards signs to demonstrate the individual’s Christian identity. I am guilty of this. I go to church (almost) every Sunday, I donate what I “can” to the Church or to charity (which decreases when I want a new pair of dress boots for the winter), and I offer service once a month.

In today’s reading, Jesus is asking us to go beyond the culture of Christianity. Jesus points out that faith does not involve picking and choosing when and what to sacrifice. Instead, Jesus emphasizes that true faith is the emptying of oneself completely to God. This true faith does not only reference money but also energy, time, pride, material items, and personal wants. Real faith requires that the whole self, no matter the risk or the effort, are for God and God’s purposes.

—Beth Moeller is a member of the Billiken Teacher Corps through Saint Louis University and is the campus minister and theology teacher at Loyola Academy of Saint Louis, a middle school for boys.

Prayer

Good and gracious God, help me to put my whole faith in you, no matter how inconvenient of difficult it may seem at the time. Take my life, and use it for your purpose, to bring about your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!