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Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2 Timothy 4:1-8
Psalm 71:8-9, 14-17, 22
Luke 2:41-51
or Mark 12:38-44

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the joy of giving all

“They gave from their surplus wealth, but she gave from her want, all that she had to live on.” —Mark 12:44

Jesus, Who gave everything for us by dying on the cross, calls us to respond by giving everything for Him (see Mt 13:44ff). We give what we truly need and therefore go without necessities. Have you ever given to the Lord to the point that you couldn’t buy enough food to get the calories necessary to function normally? How many parents have given up such a basic necessity as sleep as they pour out their lives for their children? How many people in difficult marriages continue to love their spouses unconditionally although their needs for being respected, affirmed, and loved are not being met?

Life in Christ is a life of sacrificial, crucified giving. Mother Mary, Immaculate Virgin, gave all that she had for Jesus her Son.  As St. Teresa of Calcutta has said, we as followers of Christ must give till it hurts. In a self-centered society, this does not sound like good news. But, paradoxically, only by giving all do we have a life worth living. Jesus warns and promises us: “Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Lk 9:24).

Prayer:  Father, may I understand and live Your teaching that “there is more happiness in giving than receiving” (Acts 20:35).

Promise:  “I for my part am already being poured out like a libation. The time of my dissolution is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” —2 Tm 4:6-7

Praise:  “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19).

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Immaculate Heart of Mary, listen to, download or order our CD 19-1 or DVD 19 on our website.)

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