November 11, 2018
Sunday, November 11
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 12: 41 – 44
Jesus sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”
In the readings this Sunday, there are two widows. Both are poor and struggling to survive. The widow in the first reading has prepared to die and her son with her. The widow in the gospel while only able to give a few pennies is willing to part with all she has because she has placed her whole heart in the hands of God. For St. Mark this widow becomes a model of how to live fully for the Lord. The two women in the readings remain nameless because they are the lowest of the society of that time, with no one to care for them and without a future. They do what is necessary to empty themselves of everything for the sake of a higher calling, the one sees in the prophet Elijah, the messenger of God. The widow in the gospel today becomes a Christ figure, anticipating the self-emptying of Jesus on the Cross for our salvation.
The message for those who hear the word of God today is one of trust and self-emptying. Trust in the God who saves us regardless of our circumstances and self-emptying, of how we owe all we have to the one who created and then saved us.
We reflect on these two women and ask ourselves if we to can become a sign of hope and self-emptying in our world, our towns, our homes. What is it that we have to give, because of our faith in Christ, and will we give our all because of what has been given to us?