Pentecost 25 – Year B

Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

–Mark 12.41-44

  • Do you feel like your life is one you’re living in abundance (enjoying and in control) or surviving in poverty (managing and in crisis)?
  • Are you a person who gives to others or takes from others?
  • We often begin our service with a prayer to the God to whom “all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid;” what do you most try to hide from God?
  • Is this poor widow an example of discipleship? If so, what do this woman and her actions illustrate for you about your life?

Giving can be a difficult habit to begin, and one of the hardest things to give is time. I know from talking with many of you that time is in short supply, or perhaps we just struggle to manage our time well. Whether you feel overwhelmed by doing all you’re supposed to do, or whether you just can’t seem to get yourself going to do what you think you should do, I hope you’ll make some time to come join us on Sunday, to hear this story about a poor widow, to find yourself in the story, and give thanks for all God gives; then join us in prayer, song, and supper.  I hope you’ll come to Trinity Commons to join us this Sunday at 6pm for Eucharist and a delicious free supper thanks to our friend Kathryn Dorlon. It’s sure to be a good night, and we’ll all be richer when you’re there too.

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