Revelation 14:1-5 
1 Then I looked, and lo, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpers playing on their harps,
3 and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth.
4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste; it is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes; these have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb,5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are spotless.

Luke 21:1-4 

1 He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury;2 and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.
3 And he said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them;
4 for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.”


St JOHN identify fourty four thousand virtuous celibate disciples who remained untainted by sin in the company of three angels and Christ. The fourty four thousand had Christs name on their foreheads, meaning the law of God is seared into their conscience. Interestingly Mary is not mentioned in this revelation, because God has set her apart. Rev 12

These holy men and women are the first fruits of the Lamb who are in the presence of God in heaven, implying this group shall grow in numbers throughout the ages, men who submitted to and obeyed Christ Jesus by living His word without lies, compromise or favor. Spare a special prayer for our priests who have sworn an oath to remain pure and chaste for the sake of God’s kingdom.

THE GOSPEL READING: Whatever you and I do or contribute to increase the number of souls for Christ here on earth, will not go unoticed by Christ. This pressupose that like the poor widow, we are called to go to the house of God and present our gifts, be it prayers and works of mercy however menial, for the sake of building up God’s kingdom. 

There may be the day when we cannot expend our energy or resources in service of others, when our intercessory prayers will be worth more than gold to those who struggle to live virtuous lives. To be sure, all of us are called to have clean hands and a clean conscience, untainted by sin living chaste lives, so that we too may be inducted into the heavenly hall of Fame and take our place amongst God’s elect. 

Psalms 24:1-6 1 A Psalm of David.The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein;2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation.6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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