Daily Reflection — A Simple Faith and the True King

A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass…

“He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.’” (Luke 21:1-4).

In the Book of Revelation, we are given a vision of the 144,000 who followed the Land and were singing a new hymn before God’s throne.  In the responsorial psalm, we are given a description of those who are able to climb the Lord’s holy mountain—those whose hands are sinless, hearts clean, and without deceit and blemish.

These passages and the example of the simplicity and utter generosity of the widow who from her poverty gave what she had to the treasury show how we should live.

We serve a loving and magnificent king. The Lord Jesus is unlike any earthly king we can imagine. To be citizens in His Kingdom is a great honor and blessing. All are invited to new life in this Kingdom. But, it is a new life. The old is to be left behind as we follow the Lamb along the only paths that will truly fulfill the very purpose for which we were made.

Will you follow the Lord, or do you serve a different king?

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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