Posts made in November, 2018

This poor widow . . .

This poor widow . . .  Let’s take a short Bible quiz based on today’s readings. 1. “The fatherless and the _________ he sustains” (Psalm 146:9). 2. The woman who helped Elijah in today’s first reading is often called “the _________ of Zarepath” (Luke 4:26). 3. The woman who put two small coins into the Temple treasury in today’s Gospel was a ___________ (Mark 12:42). If you answered “widow” for all three, you’re right.   From Ruth and Naomi to...

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The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones

The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.  If we read these words in the context of scripture passage (Luke 16:10), we can see that Jesus considers money to be a very small matter.   We may find that difficult to swallow.   What about those of us who struggle every day to make ends meet?   Does this mean that Jesus is telling us to stop working on our financial situation?   That may be okay for...

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You are God’s building

You are God’s building.  We don’t typically think of ourselves as a building.   But use your imagination.   If you could choose to be any kind of building, what would you be?   Maybe you’d want to be a simple quaint cottage in the woods.   Or perhaps you see yourself as a sleek high-rise condominium in the heart of a vibrant city. Whatever kind of structure you might prefer to be, consider what gives any building its real value.   It’s not the...

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What man among you . . . would not leave the ninety-nine?

What man among you . . . would not leave the ninety-nine?  Would you behave like this shepherd?   If you were out in the desert with one hundred sheep and one of them wandered off, you wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine unprotected and head off on a wild goose chase in search of one sheep.   You’d probably cut your losses and head home to get the ninety-nine to safety. Also, if you were this woman who lost one of ten matching coins, you might...

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Even if I am poured out . . . ,I rejoice

Even if I am poured out . . . ,I rejoice.  When Paul says he is being poured out, he means that he has given his life to the mission of spreading the gospel.   Now, as he writes from his prison cell, he is readying himself for his final act of pouring himself out:  giving up his life as a martyr. We have all poured ourselves out at one time or another.   Maybe we were giving all of our time and energy to our job or to raising our family.   We...

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