- 1 Kings 17:10-16;
- Psalm 145 (146):7-10. R/ v. 2;
- Hebrews 9:24-28
- Mark 12:38-44
Today is the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Liturgical Year B. The readings today tell us about giving. The gospel today tells us that a widow gave to the Temple treasury all that she possessed and all that she had to live on. The first reading tells us that a widow shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. The second reading tells us that Jesus gave himself once and for all! These three readings tell us about giving:
(1) No one is too poor to give. The widow in the gospel gave two small coins. The widow in the first reading shared her last meal. Jesus gave himself!
(2) It is not how much we give, but how much we have left after giving. The two widows and Jesus had nothing left after giving!
(3) One cannot love without giving. Last Sunday’s readings were on love. This Sunday’s readings are on giving!
(4) In giving, we do not only help the poor, but we also help ourselves to depend on God and not to depend on money. Our religious sisters, brothers and priests take the vow of poverty, not because poverty is good, not even because they want to help the poor, but because they want to depend on God and not on money. (Mt 5:3; Mt 6:33)
(5) It is more blessed to give than to receive. The widow was blessed with food and life after she shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah.
(6) We do not only give to the poor, we also give to God. The first widow gave to the Temple treasury. The second widow shared her last meal with Elijah the Prophet of God. Jesus gave himself to God his Father!
(7) Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who worked among the poorest of the poor, tells us that we must give until it hurts. The two widows and Jesus gave until it hurts!
(8) We do not only give money. We also give things, food, oneself, time, service, talents, love, etc. One widow gave money, one gave food, and Jesus gave himself.
(9) We give what we have received from God! What we have received freely from God, we give freely!
(10) We have to give and to receive, that is, to love and to be loved! Reciprocal love! (Focolare)
Today in this Mass, let us pray that we may have the Spirit of the two widows and of Jesus Christ Himself, so that we may give to God and to neighbour, especially to the poor and needy. Amen!