by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 11/08/2012

in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time—Cycle B
November 11, 2012

“They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers.”
(Mark 12:40)


The master sat down opposite the treasury
watching people put money in the coffer.
…a lesson ready to be taught.
Discipleship—scribes or widows—a choice.

…long robes,
…hanging tassels,
…honor and prestige.
Hungry scribes devour the houses of widows.

Two widows,
…one giving hospitality and her last meal,
…the other giving her last mite.
Both generous, trusting and maybe naive,
…different from the rich giving of their “muchness”!
…different from scribes and self-aggrandizement!

“For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”
(Mark 12: 43b-44)

Turning to his disciples, he asked, “Which ones are the
true disciples?”
Your choice is the difference between law and love.
What do you choose?

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What’s behind my scribe-like need for praise, honor and esteem?
  2. Explain why it is not the size of the gift, but the cost to the giver that matters.
  3. What would motivate a person in sacrificial giving?
  4. Do I have a tendency to take back what I have given to Jesus?
  5. When will love be the conqueror over law?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sr. Helen Chasar November 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
Thank you for your insight of giving.
Lovingly in Our Lady,
Sister Helen


Sr Juliemarie McDonald November 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Hopefully, Helen, you also noticed the hypocrisy described as whiten sepulichers filled with dead men’s bones. Those in priestly leadership that took advantage of widows. Sr. Juliemarie


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