November 12, 2006
Junior High Session
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
For it is in giving that we receive,
Opening Life Reflection
• What do you think this line from the prayer means?
Allow time for discussion. We are surrounded by the gifts of creation. God also has given each person unique gifts to share. It is our task to use our gifts to care for the world. When we give to others and share our gifts for the good of creation we are giving thanks to God.
Listening to the Word of God
Read 1 Kings 17:10-16.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel today Jesus tells us about a poor widow gives everything she has. Listen as Jesus teaches his disciples about generosity.
Read Mark 12:38-44.
• What did the many rich people give to the treasury?
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 that she needed and more. In the days of the Old Testament it was not uncommon for a widow to be very 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 out 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 they have not yet learned. Their concern for worldly success and possessions was keeping them from understanding true discipleship. The widow represents the one who is truly great in the Reign of God.
Today’s gospel reading suggests that the amount that one 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 you think are being good stewards.
The Gospel in Life
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