November 12, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
• What was it like to care for someone or something other than yourself?
God created the world and everything good. It is our job to care for all of creation. We show thanks to God when we share our gifts with others and care for the world around us.
Listening to the Word of God
Read 1 Kings 17:10-16.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel today listen as Jesus tells his disciples about true generosity.
Read Mark 12:38-44.
• What did the poor widow give to the collection?
In the Old Testament reading today the power of the Word of God through the prophets is revealed. The poor widow did what Elijah told her and as was promised, her jar of meal was not emptied. God gave her all she needed and more. In the days of the Old Testament it was not uncommon for a widow to be poor since she no longer had a husband to provide for her. What is exceptional about this woman is her willingness to share what little she had.
The gospel reading today introduces us to another generous widow who gives everything she has. As many rich people put large sums into the treasury, Jesus watches a poor widow put in a penny. Jesus tells his disciples that others gave of their abundance but this woman gave of her poverty. The generosity and quiet humility of this poor widow are admirable.
Jesus calls attention to the poor widow in order to teach his disciples what it means to follow him. Jesus knew that his disciples were concerned about material possessions and success and this was keeping them from understanding true discipleship. The widow shows what it takes to be truly great in the Reign of God.
Today’s gospel reading suggests that the amount that a person gives does not matter. What does matter is the spirit and intention of the giver. The poor widow put her trust in God and gave all that she had. She was able to empty herself with the awareness that God would provide for her every need.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
[If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.]
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
The reward of the good steward will be experienced in the world beyond this one. However, when we share our gifts with others and contribute to the good of the world around us we are living in cooperation with God. That is our reward here and now.
• Name some people who care for the world and its resources today.
The Gospel in Life
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