32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The poor widow gave everything she had, two copper coins worth a penny, given out her poverty, all she had (Mark 12:38-44). The others who give money to the temple treasury give of their abundance. God gave us his Son, who gave himself as a sacrifice once for all, to remove sin. He entered heaven now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. He will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:24-29).
The Catholic Catechism tells us that the sacrifice offered for all on the cross remains ever-present; the work of our redemption is carried out in the present (CC# 1364). The Eucharist is also a sacrifice (CC #1365).
Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, November 21, 1859, “The gift of self is the only proof of true love, that’s all God wants. That’s the first and greatest commandment. It is our whole life and purpose in this world and the next. (Counsels for Spiritual Life, CO 894, page 79).
The scriptures for today all lead to a simple phrase: God gave his Son for our salvation. He gave his life—his all—as a sacrifice to save us from our sins and for our redemption. Greater love no one has than giving his life for his friend. Jesus gave himself to save us. Consequently, we must love God and one another because God we adore is love. Saint Peter Julian’s adoration and reflection on the eucharistic mystery led him to make a gift of himself to God in the Eucharist. No greater love could he give to Jesus because the Eucharist is the presence of God who nourishes our souls and gives us strength to continue our journey to heaven.
Let Us Pray:
Father, may we give ourselves to you and Jesus. He gives himself in the Eucharist so we may give ourselves to you and our neighbor. Open my heart to the poor and those who need me. Amen.
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