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, June 4, 2015

Reflection for June 6, Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 12:38-44

Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “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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How do we relate to the poor? Do we treat them with love and mercy or we only manipulate them to serve our own agendas? Who was this poor widow who gave generously to the temple treasury? Was she an innocent victim of the scribe’s manipulations as stated in the first part of the gospel?  

As stated by Jesus in the gospel, the scribes were guilty of conditioning the poor through their lengthy prayers (Mark 12:40). They condition the poor to suit their selfish ends. Including perhaps this poor widow who gave generously to the temple treasury.

There are still many modern day scribes today who manipulate and use the poor to serve their own personal agendas. They preach the prosperity gospel to the poor so that they poor would generously give to their coffers or even to their own personal pockets!

Instead of using and manipulating the poor, why not simply help them? Why not teach them how they can get out of poverty? Why not simply bring them to God without any motives of using them? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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