Posted by: livingscripture | June 5, 2010

Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

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.

                                                   Mark 12: 43

 How should we live this Word

 Mark gives us a basic teaching in today’s Gospel.  He presents us with two scenes.  First there are the Scribes who are vain and domineering, always seeking prestige to protect their ego at the cost of the poor and defenseless.  Then there is the poor widow who possesses only two small coins and puts them into the Temple treasury as her offering.  Jesus praises the widow saying, ‘They have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

 Jesus gives His disciples to understand that they must not act like the leaders of the people who speak well but in reality do not live according to God’s law.  Rather, they must imitate the example of the widow who is not only materially poor, but more importantly, poor of heart.  Jesus Himself became poor for love of us and now expects us to make ourselves poor for love of Him.  This is the only way to open ourselves totally to a true encounter with Him and with our sisters and brothers.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will take the widow as my model.  Her faith and love lead her to give all she possesses to the Lord.  She is not a slave to things or to herself.  She is free.

 Lord Jesus, grant me the courageous faith of the widow that I may follow You ever more closely.  I will pray with Charles de Foucauld: ‘For me it is a demand of love to give myself, to put myself in Your hands without measure, with infinite confidence, because You are my Father.

 The voice of St. Ireneus, holy Bishop

 Those who have received freedom, place at God’s disposition all their goods.  They give their goods joyfully and generously to the littlest because they hope in the greater goods, like the poor widow who throws all her substance into God’s treasury.

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