Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 27 in Ordinary Time

& archive, Year B.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
And to learn trust, faith.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice.
Help me to follow you in all of life,
To walk in the joy and freedom of the resurrection,
Indwelt and led by your Pentecost Spirit.
Amen

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 27 in Ordinary Time

The lectionary guide leads us into the temple, where Jesus is seated, watching people as they place money in the nearby treasury. The crowd—present in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover–shuffles by. Jesus notices that many rich people drop large sums of money into the treasury, but then along comes a poor widow. She also stops to give an offering: two small copper coins, worth only a penny.

Jesus turns now and calls his followers to gather close, and then he says:

“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all
those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them
have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of
her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to
live on.”

Church treasurers may be shocked by such an observation. If what Jesus is saying is really true, how would we manage the church budget?!

Jesus is not negating giving. He calls for the rich young ruler to sell all that he has and to give all his money to the poor. But Jesus is drawing our attention to the source of our giving: out of our abundance, or giving out of our poverty.

It is when we are most poor—in pocket or in spirit or mind and heart—that he says we give the most. For it is all we have, however little it is. This is generosity. This is costly, and sacrificial giving.

When we are at the end of our selves, and have nothing to offer, that is when we are most needy. In these times the invitation is to turn to God and ask for help.

“Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”

It is out of that poverty, that we give our nothingness–our two mites–to God.

Jesus sees the widow; sees our poverty, and does not turn away. He treasures the little we offer out of the nothing that we have.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us
In the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Help me to be present to you –
To be with you,
To listen –
For even this listening I cannot do on my own.
I am poor, needy, and can only give you my desire to hear.

Amen

Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Week 27 in Ordinary Time

11/5 Monday: Mark 12:38 – 40
11/6 Tuesday: Mark 12:41 – 44
11/7 Wednesday: Psalm 127
11/8 Thursday: Ruth 3:1 – 5; 4:13 – 17
11/9 Friday: Hebrews 9:24 – 28
11/10 Saturday: Mark 12:38 – 40
11/11 Sunday, Mark 12:41 – 44