Promises Kept

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald SND. on 10/29/2015

in Ordinary Time

Thirty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle B

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

 (Mk 12: 43-44)

November 1, 2015

Promises Kept

 

“What’s in your wallet?” “Dollars or cents.”

It makes no difference to the Lord.

He only wants to know, “How much can you afford?” “Why are you giving?”

You can give from your abundance. Yes, you can give it all away.

You say, “That is foolish, not wise or common-sensed.”

Just know, God gives a hundred-fold as his gift of recompense.

“What’s in your wallet?” “What’s in your heart?”

It seems the widows pictured in this Sunday’s readings knew, prayed and lived by Psalm 146.

Psalm 146

The Lord keeps his promises. For the Lord…

Secures justice,

Feeds the hungry,

Frees all captives,

Gives sight to blind people,

Loves Justice,

Protects immigrants,

Protects orphans,

 Sustains widows,

  And these promises are for all generations!

Lord, grant us this same belief and trust as the widows in scripture modeled for us. Amen.

 

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What are your thoughts about the widow in today’s Gospel?
  2. Why was Jesus angry at the scribes and Pharisees?
  3. If you are low on finances, what else might you do to support your church?
  4. When do you begin teaching your children about the need to support the church?
  5. How can you rev up your own belief and trust in God’s promises?
  6. When is the last time you aided a neighbor in need?
  7. What are some ways to give other than financially?

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