26 Nov Support LIFE (Lk 21:4) by Dr. Rich Reich
“For those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” ~ Lk 21:4 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: It must have been scary for the poor widow to offer her whole livelihood into the treasury. Her overwhelming generosity demonstrates her detachment from material possessions and total dependence and faith in God, which leads to her blessedness. The widow had faith and trust in the Lord and did not worry how she was going to survive. She knew everything she had came from the Lord. Now the Bible does not specify exactly how the widow did survive day-to-day, but we can assume that she did through the support and generosity of Christians. Similar to the poor widow in today’s Gospel, single pregnant women can find themselves in a very scary situation in which they need to offer up their whole livelihood for the care and nurturing of their child. They need to have faith in God that in choosing to protect the life of their unborn child that they will be blessed. As Christians, we need to provide the support for single mothers to survive. That is why we are PRO-LIFE and not just PRO-BIRTH. We care about a child and her mother, and are there to help them both not only before birth, but after.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Be PRO-LIFE and not just PRO-BIRTH. Support organizations that provide assistance to mothers who have chosen life.
Feast Day: St. John Berchmans
Faith Quote: “When a child is described as a burden or is looked upon only as a means to satisfy an emotional need, we will stand up and insist that every child is a unique and unrepeatable gift of God, with the right to a loving and united family.” ~ Pope John Paul II
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.