November 7, 2021
We can sometimes feel spiritually very poor. The gospel today shows the hidden potential in that poverty.
- Mass is an opportunity for souls in Purgatory to be freed from Purgatory because of our prayers.
- It is very helpful for us to reflect on the souls in Purgatory because it helps us recall Heaven, which is the fullness of love, and Hell, which is the fullness of hatred and makes us aware of God’s justice.
- Purgatory can be a place of purification, but it’s also a place for healing and rebuilding, to learn what true love is and remove obstacles for God’s love.
- Souls go to Hell because they freely reject God and His mercy forever and cannot stand to be in the presence of God.
- Souls go to Purgatory because they are not ready for Heaven. They are anxious to be purified of anything that is separation from God and that’s still staining them.
- God has Heaven wide open, but it’s the soul himself that knows their place.
- Purgatory is the mercy of God, but God would rather all His children go to Heaven. We can do that by accepting God’s will for us.
In the readings today, Jesus takes what seems to be a little from the widow and shows that she contributed more than any of the other contributors, because she gave all she had. Humanly, it may seem that we have only a little in comparison to others, but when we give of our littleness, it can be a heroic act and be very great in God’s eyes. It’s the act of giving that God wants.
In Mass, prepare to offer, your poverty, your littleness, your spiritual poverty, even your misery to the Lord.