In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."
He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."
Start preparing for Thanksgiving by taking on an attitude of gratitude! Gratitude increases our overall happiness, helps us to be less self-centered, and helps us to be the people God calls us to be. Reflecting on what you are thankful for is a great way for your family to cultivate a generous spirit and a sense of contentment. Collect all of your family’s sentiments of gratitude and make a thankful bunting (a string of colorful triangular flags) today. Here’s what you’ll need:
Sturdy white paper, such as cardstock or watercolor paper
Black permanent markers, such as Sharpies
(Optional) Sewing machine
Instructions: First, cut your paper into triangles big enough to draw and write on. Cover your work surface to protect it from the paint/markers. Next, tape a series of triangles down on your work surface, to hold them in place. Invite family members to draw pictures and/or write words of the things they are thankful for. Then color the images with paint, markers, or crayons. Once finished, remove the tape. Arrange the triangles and sew them together into one long bunting. If you don’t have a sewing machine, use a hole punch to punch holes in the top corners of each triangle, then weave yarn through all the holes to string them all together. Finally, hang your new thankful bunting up where everyone can see it!
Prayer for Vocations
Loving and Generous God,
it is you who call us by name
and ask us to follow you.
Help us to grow in the love
and service of our Church
as we experience it today.
Give us the energy and courage
of your Spirit
to shape its future
Grant us faith-filled leaders
who will embrace Christ's mission
of love and justice.
Bless our domestic Church and larger community
by raising up dedicated and generous leaders
from our families and friends
who will serve your people as Sisters,
Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ministers
through marriage or the single life.
Inspire us to know you better
and open our hearts
to hear your call.
We ask this through our Lord.