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Mark 12:38-44 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

On this Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost we will be reading from the Gospel according to Mark, and focusing our attention on the generosity of a poor widow (Note: in our worship, we will be following the Scripture lectionary for the Feast of All Saints, so there will be a difference in Scripture texts). We live in a world that is largely focused on consumerism - the idea that a successful person should work hard, earn for their work, and acquire things that will make them happy. Our Scripture lesson from the Gospel tells a story of Jesus watching people give donations to the treasury of the synagogue; some gifts quite large from wealthy people, yet Jesus points out the generosity of a poor widow who gives a gift worth about one penny...and Jesus proclaims this gift to be the greatest of all! We will explore Jesus' teaching of radical giving: giving our treasures and our very lives to God.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Mark. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Mark 12:38-44).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture lesson assigned for this week and reflect on any words or phrases that caught your attention. Consider the qualities of those who seek attention: prestige, power, and the materialistic gain of place and position. Compare these things to the qualities that Jesus calls attention to in the life of the woman.

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, and reflect on how the small, yet total offering of the widow is an indication of her faith. What is likely the price of her offering?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below, and consider how your life is shared with others. Also consider the example of the courageous women, Naomi and Ruth, from our Scripture lesson a few days ago.

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, and consider how the important aspects of worship and mission in the church can be incorporated into people's lives, so they become more than a "program" but become "a way of life"...serving others.

  • Read the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, and reflect on how your faith community is a witness to the radical love and mercy expressed in Jesus' mission to the world.

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