Sunday, November 08, 2009

All She Had

Mass-goers will have widows on the brain today. Both the first reading and the Gospel passage mention them.

This Gospel account is sometimes called the "Lesson of the Widow's Mite."

From Mark Chapter 12:

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, "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."

The image above is from A Concord Pastor.

Fran has provided an artistic rendering, too.

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