Scripture Reflection, November 7, 2021
Updated: Apr 5, 2022
1 Kings 17:10-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44
In today’s first reading, as well as the gospel passage, we hear about wonderful women who give unselfishly of the little they have. Certainly, their stories are inspiring for the way they use what they do possess to give glory to God.
But, I believe there is also something else going on here, perhaps at a deeper level. Each of these women was also making a statement about her commitment to the value of giving deeply, earnestly, completely, from the heart. When I think of the way I choose to give witness to my faith on any particular day, I might ask myself this question: “Am I giving of myself - my time, my talent and my treasure - in ways that demonstrate to others that my faith in God and my love for God really mean something to me? Or is my behavior an indication that I am not really committed to my relationship with God?” In other words: “Am I giving meagerly from my excess, or am I digging deep into my heart and giving generously of my whole self - for Christ.”
Today’s readings have a lot to say to me about how I live my life, day in and day out; how I treat people, how I help people, how I love people - not just my friends and my family, but all God’s children. These passages are very challenging! They invite me to take time to reflect - time to pray about my relationship with God…and with all God’s people. The famous Greek philosopher (and very wise man) Socrates is reported to have said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Clearly, I have some examining to do. I think I will do it this week, as part of my prayer time with the Lord.