Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 24, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
A reflection on today's Scripture:
This poor widow put in more than all the rest. (see Luke 21:3)
Today's Gospel gains meaning if we begin by reading the last paragraph in the preceding Chapter 20. In this, Jesus denounces the Scribes who were presumed to be experts in interpreting Scripture. These men were often seem to give lengthy prayers that impressed the people. However, behind their holy facade, Jesus reveals that they are corrupt hypocrites, greedy for money and status. Jesus reveals that one of their methods of enriching themselves is "by devouring the houses of widows." Despite their ill-gotten money they enjoyed being treated with respect and being given social prominence, for some in the powerful religious hierarchy who were equally corrupt upheld these Scribes. Christ tells us that all of them will be severely condemned by God.
Turning now to the Gospel, we meet an impoverished widow who contributed two small coins to the temple treasury. Meanwhile the proud flaunted their riches by making sizable contributions, each probably trying to outdo their fellow rich. Taking note of this, Jesus told His apostles that the world's admiration for the large amounts given by the prosperous is misplaced, since these gave from their surplus while the relatively small amount given by the widow consisted of her entire livelihood. She was moved by her love for God and her humble faith that He would still provide for her needs. Christ is telling us that we must be detached from our material possessions, as these have nothing to do with a person's true worth. The pride and pretense of the affluent may win them the world's admiration yet cost them God's eternal reward.
O Merciful Lord,
bring us to the realization that the worth of each
person as seen by You is measured by their generous giving of Your
love to others.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs
Lives of the saints:
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