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Saturday 9th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Saturday 9th Week of the Year

Mark 12:38-44.

The woman’s two small coins touched Jesus heart so much because she was joining him and saying literally, “Lord God, for all my sins, I do not even deserve this much. You take it and use it for someone’s good.”

It’s pretty easy for us to contrast the scribes and the Pharisees
with the poor widow in today’s gospel.

Jesus made mention how they gave from their surplus
while she gave from her want,
with no regard to how she would eat the rest of the day or tomorrow.

Both gave in the temple area representing the presence of God.
It’s pretty easy to see which of these two took to heart
that they were in the presence of the Lord.

Did you ever notice how different we behave in Church
before the Blessed Sacrament than we do outside of Church?

They didn’t recognize the presence of the Lord in the temple
nor did they recognize his presence in the poor widow.
Also the scribes and Pharisees had no needs at all
compared to the poor widow.
Widows, losing their husbands and death,
had no means of support
and easily fell through the cracks of society.

They were at the mercy of other people
for the basics of life, food, and shelter.

We admire her for giving her entire livelihood
to those who were poorer than herself.
Jesus saw himself in this woman
as he knew the day was coming
when he would give his entire livelihood
for the conversion of sinners.

The woman’s two small coins
touched Jesus heart so much
because she was joining him and saying literally,
“Lord God, for all my sins,
I do not even deserve this much.
You take it and use it for someone’s good.”

I can see her consoling the heart of Jesus
by giving from her want.
It is the one gift that makes retribution to God
as he deserves for our sins
and perhaps the sins of many others.

We can be generous with time and money and talent.

But let’s go beyond that
and give of ourselves completely to another,
walking the extra mile for them
however much it may cost us.

 

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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