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Today's Gospel reading from Luke 21 is a reading we heard from Mark's Gospel a couple of Sundays ago. It is the story of a widow and her offering in the temple. She gave all because she trusted God.

In the first reading from Revelation 14, John sees the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, "and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads." What does this mean?

Jehovah's Witnesses will say that the 144,000 is the number of people from all time who will be saved. They take this "literally." As Catholics, we understand this to mean a great multitude. It is the number of the tribes of Israel squared (12 x 12) times a thousand. This signifies completeness. Whatever the actual number, let us pray that we may be counted among them.

Father, may we worship the Lamb here on earth, and for eternity with you in heaven. Amen.

Today's Readings

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