Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Weeks Readings: 1 Kings 17.10-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9.24-28; Mark 12.38-44.

The Gospel today cautions us: hypocrisy and inauthenticity are worse than useless. In fact, they are condemnable. Putting on a show of righteousness will fool no one, and it certainly does not do the deceiver any good. Instead, we should cultivate authentic giving, like the poor widow who gave her last coins. Our gifts and our lives should be offered with humility and abandonment. If we grip tightly onto our last coin, we block God, grace and the potential of being transformed for our greatest good. The tale of the poor widow is meant to spark a conversion of the heart. It calls us to great openness. It is a big risk to surrender everything of value; when we surrender to a merciful God, it is called trust.

—Kate McGee

Next Week's Readings: Daniel 12.1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10.11-14, 18; Mark 13.24-32.

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