November 22, 2021 Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time-B

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20

Psalm Daniel 3:52-56

Luke 21:1-4

…praiseworthy and glorious forever. Dan. 3:56

“…she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Lk. 21:4”

Lord, you value all sacrifices to your holy name. Everyone who offers support to your poor, widowed, unemployed or lonely is precious to you. The widow got your attention in the temple that day because you saw her offer “her whole livelihood.” Her gift was small compared to the rich but large in your view. You saw trust in God in her offering. You saw love in her heart for all God had done for her. Lord, you lead me to examine the motivations behind my sacrifices. Daniel gave praise to you despite his captivity. The widow knew that God would take care of her needs if she just trusted. Lord, you are so pleased when we give ourselves to you without reservation or condition. After Joseph’s death your mother was a widow so you were familiar with their plight. Stay close to the widows in our parish who may feel alone or forgotten. Help them to know they are never without your care and concern. I want to surrender myself to you like the widow. As Thanksgiving Day approaches let your people remember their local food banks who are so in need this time of year.   Amen