On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 8, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

widows-mite

Our fallen nature often seeks recognition and affirmation from others. We either secretly or are openly delighted when we are treated with high regard or importance. Even so in the house of God? Does it not matter that this life is ending? Does it not matter that this form of happiness is short lived? Do we not know that our hearts are laid bare before God always?

Should we not rather be seeking God instead? To do what is pleasing to and for Him? To serve our brethren in need?

To give all of ourselves and all that we can; not what we can spare, is to declare our faith and our love for God.

This is what God assures us, ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11

GOSPEL Mark 12:38–44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the 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.”

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