Sunday Gospel Reflection With Fr. Bill Grimm
- November 9, 2012
Thirty-second Sunday of the Year (B)Mark 12:38-44
38 In his teaching he said, 'Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted respectfully in the market squares,
39 to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets;
40 these are the men who devour the property of widows and for show offer long prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.'
41 He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal.
42 A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny.
43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, 'In truth I tell you, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury;
44 for they have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.'
The woman was able to give all that she had because she trusted God. She knew that ultimately all that she had came from God and that no matter what she gave up, nothing would separate her from God’s love. She might starve because of her generosity, but God’s life-giving love would still embrace her.