November 11, 2012: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
…”We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.”
First Reading: 1st Kings 17:10-16
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Jesus sat down and observed the crowd’s pretext and actions, before calling His disciples to himself. He let them know that pious appearance and reciting lengthy prayers did not disguise the hearts of those mired with injustice to devour the houses of widows. Contributions appeared as large sum to flaunt wealth, were but a drop in the bucket of the donors’ fortunes. The donations reflected piety, not generosity. Jesus observed many wanting to appear religious, without trusting to give of their whole livelihood. Only one widow, who appeared poor, was truly rich in faith by giving two small coins. Jesus did not mention if she pondered her decision — would she give one or two coins? She trusted God, who through all generations, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, sets captives free and sustains widows, so she did not need to hesitate or cloak her actions.
In our stewardship, do we give with generosity, not just monetarily, but with gifts of time and talent? Do we worry about our lack of talent and time, so we have nothing prepared to share? Do we consume ourselves with our own existence and die to the reality of serving others? Do we wonder around aimlessly seeking proverbial sticks that might build and inflame a movement, instead of trusting in the Spirit to enkindle a spiritual passion rooted in the Lord that shall reign forever? Or can we trust God to provide for our spiritual and physical needs, multiply the efforts from times we freely give our talent and time, so our faith will never run dry?
Individual Reflection: 1st Kings 17:10-16
Bake a cake and share it someone that might be perceived as a “widow” in society—the outcast, marginalized. Reflect upon how your faith is never dry or empty when you trust God and serve others.
Family Reflection: Psalm 146
With Thanksgiving approaching, plan to volunteer, as a family, at your local food bank .
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice website
By Barb Born November 2012 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.