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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 8, 2015

CALLED TO BE POOR

There is a question inherent in our readings today as we encounter two widows, both of whom are extremely poor and are praised for giving away the little they had.

Our first widow story is about a nameless woman from Zaraphath, whose life is about as low as one can go. In our story, she is visited by Elijah who rather than help her, makes a request.

Our second story is almost as strange. We encounter the second widow in the Gospel learning that she gave all that she had to the temple – and Jesus praises her for this, leaving anyone who reads this today to wonder where the priorities of Jesus are – is he really suggesting that giving our last remaining funds to the church is more important than feeding ourselves?

It can seem at times, that Christianity has a rather strange affinity for the poor. We are told that the poor are blessed and most recently, Pope Francis has even proclaimed that he wishes us to be a poor church. Are we to conclude that it is good to be poor? Is poverty something that leads us to holiness?

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44)

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