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November 11, 2018 (Sun­day) 32nd Sun­day in Or­di­nary Time Psalter: Week 4/(Green) Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 Praise the Lord, my soul! 1st Read­ing: 1 K 17:10-16 2nd Read­ing: Heb 9:24-28

Gospel: Mk 12:38-44

As Je­sus was teach­ing, he also said to them, “Be­ware of those teach­ers of the law, who en­joy walk­ing around in long robes and be­ing greeted in the mar­ket­place; and who like to oc­cupy re­served seats in the syn­a­gogues; and the first places at feasts. They even de­vour the widow’s and the or­phan’s goods, while mak­ing a show of long prayers. How se­vere a sen­tence they will re­ceive!”

Je­sus sat down op­po­site the tem­ple trea­sury, and watched the peo­ple drop­ping money into the trea­sury box; and many rich peo­ple put in large of­fer­ings. But a poor widow also came and dropped in two small coins.

Then, Je­sus called his dis­ci­ples and said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all those who gave of­fer­ings. For all of them gave from their plenty; but she gave from her poverty, and put in ev­ery­thing she had, her very liv­ing.”

Lec­tio Div­ina:

Read: The widow who fed Eli­jah with food is re­warded gen­er­ously by God.

Je­sus rec­og­nizes the gen­eros­ity and sac­ri­fice in­volved in the lit­tle con­tri­bu­tion of the widow to the Tem­ple funds and praises her.

The let­ter to the He­brews memo­ri­al­izes the supreme act of gen­eros­ity of Christ for our sake.

Re­flect: Ab­so­lutely noth­ing es­capes the at­ten­tion of God, as ev­i­denced in Je­sus notic­ing the widow’s con­tri­bu­tion and the act of the widow of Zarephath.

This can be good news and bad news!

It is good news that none of our lit­tle and gen­er­ous acts goes un­no­ticed by God who would re­ward us in plenty.

The bad news is that none of our lit­tle or big sins es­capes the at­ten­tion of God ei­ther.

It would be wise to take refuge in His di­vine mercy, for that alone can en­sure us our redemp­tion.

Pray: Lord, give me the grace to see and rec­og­nize the good in oth­ers.

Act: Rec­og­nize an act of good­ness done by some­one by ap­pre­ci­at­ing the per­son for the same.

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