I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Reflections for November 11, Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He 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."
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My Reflections:
There is a story of a poor woman who was always ready to give anything that she had for the sake of those who were in need. Because of her generosity there were instances that her children would gently remind her not to overly give and reserve something for them.

But the bighearted woman would softly tell her children that it is always in giving that they would receive unfathomable blessings from God. True enough, there were no instances wherein they were in need of anything; even if they were poor they always have something for themselves because God takes care of those who are generous. Very much like the poor widow in our first reading who generously gave water and bread to the prophet Elijah thus from then on the good Lord provided for the widow and her son. 

We may not know it but the poor are the most generous people in the world.  They gave from the pureness of their hearts no matter how small, they freely gave out of their poverty or need and never out of their excess.

Compare this with some of the rich who give as a result of their excess. For example, those millionaires who give thousands to their favorite charities, I think most of them give because the money that they would give will never hurt their pockets anymore they have safely earmarked it already for charity.

True generosity is epitomized by the poor widow in the gospel, she gave the little money that she had and she gave out of her need. She could have bought food with the two small coins that she had to satisfy her hunger but it never came to her thought.

What was paramount to the poor widow was to give without any string attached. Jesus consequently favored the poor widow because He saw the pureness of her intentions and the pureness of her generosity.

How do we give to our church? How do we give to the poor and to those who are need?

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