Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 8 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44
A reflection on today's Scripture:
As we approach the end of the Church year, the Gospels focus on Jesus' final days of preaching in the Temple. We can imagine His frustration and sense of failure in convincing the religious leadership of their errors, much less changing their hearts and their actions.
Nevertheless, the crowds of ordinary people continue to be nourished by His teachings. Today, we listen with them as He praises the generosity of the poor widow who gives all she has toward the upkeep of the Temple. She wasn't obliged to give all she had, but she wanted to be that generous. Most others that day in the Temple gave only what was convenient for them to contribute.
In the first reading, we hear about another poor widow who has only enough flour and oil for one last meal for son and herself. Along comes this stranger, the prophet Elijah, who requests her to first bake for him a little bread. She consents. Like the widow in the Gospel, this woman's generosity goes beyond reason. As the prophet had assured her, God rewards her with a miracle. For a whole year, her jug of oil never runs dry, and her flour bin is always full. Later, when her son dies, Elijah raises him from the dead.
We can easily relate to the plight of both widows. In these days of little available money and fewer jobs, we are nevertheless called on over and over again to help out a neighbor, to respond to a charitable cause, to respond to the growing hunger and poverty of people in other countries. We can easily become angry at these demands, feeling that enough is enough. Do we have the kind of faith in the promises of Jesus and the prophets that will still prompt us to open our hearts and our purses to share what little we have?
God is only asking us to give up a few of the many, many gifts He showers on us every day.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
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