Monday, the 34th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Columban
Readings for today’s Mass
The weekend before black Friday, the Church recognized the second annual World Day of the Poor. There was no news coverage of this event. CNN did not run stories about the poor in this country; no images of homeless people sleeping on park benches or in back alleys covered with cardboard refrigerator boxes. PBS did a story on poverty, unemployment and medicaid cuts in rural Appalachia.
What a sad commentary on the inequitable distribution of the world's abundant resources. The two ends of the continuum are moving further apart. How did we get to a place where excessive wealth has become a value? When did it become acceptable, even normative for so many to go without? But no one has time to notice.
And today, the gospel offers a repeat of the poor widow adding her two small coins to the treasury. Surely Jesus would notice that her gift was far greater than that of Mr. Bloomberg, who gave from his excess while the widow gave from her need.
As we move into the spending season, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Treat yourself well. But keep in mind those who are not so blessed; those who desire to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, if only they had a pair of boots.