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Saturday in the 9th week of the Church year.

Saint for the day: St. Ephrem (308?-373)

 Even before I get into today’s “reflection” you need to click on the link above to read about St. Ephrem. He was a Syrian, born in Mesopotamia , and you’ll think you’re reading about contemporary situations  when you read his short biography. There is really nothing new under the sun and we’ve been struggling with the same old problems ever since that first bite!

 Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

2 Timothy 4:1-8

Psalm 71

Mark 12:38-44

 Today’s Gospel comes down hard against the S & Ps about their seeking glory in this world. In today’s first reading Paul reminds us that we must preach the word: and be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient.

When we ask what is that “word” we have to see that it follows right from yesterday’s Gospel: “Hear, Oh, Israel: the Lord your God is Lord alone… and you must love Him as He has loved you … and your neighbor as yourself.”

And when it comes down to the wire and we ask, “How do I love my neighbor?” we can see that we must get our of our hang-ups and judgments. That person over there … the one we least expect … is the one who is your neighbor. Our first step is to put aside our prejudices and judgments and realize that the poor widow in today’s Gospel who nobody at the time of Jesus would think of as neighbor is the one who will be our ticket to Heaven. “For they (all the others) have contributed from their surplus wealth but she from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

Go and do likewise. You are not far from the Kingdom of Heaven.

Oh! Today’s my birthday! Happy Birthday to Me!


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