Above: The Widow’s Mite
Image Sources = Johannes Bockh and Thomas Mirtsch
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning:
Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,
that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
–The Book of Common Prayer (1979), page 236
The Assigned Readings:
Genesis 43:1-28 (24th Day of Lent)
Genesis 44:1-18, 32-34 (25th Day of Lent)
Psalm 34 (Morning–24th Day of Lent)
Psalm 5 (Morning–25th Day of Lent)
Psalms 25 and 91 (Evening–24th Day of Lent)
Psalms 27 and 51 (Evening–25th Day of Lent)
Mark 12:13-27 (24th Day of Lent)
Mark 12:28-41 (25th Day of Lent)
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As I read the assigned lessons I arrived at a unifying theme: sincerity (or the lack thereof). Joseph’s brothers demonstrated the sincerity of their change of heart by
- not objecting to preferential treatment for Benjamin, the youngest brother, in Genesis 43:33-34, and
- defending Benjamin, whom they thought was about to become a slave in Genesis 44:18-34.
They passed the test with flying colors.
In contrast, collaborators tried to trick Jesus into sounding like a rebel in Mark 12:13-17. There were more Roman soldiers than usual in the city at the time. But Jesus was no fool. And the Sadducees, who denied the resurrection of the dead, asked an obvious trick question about levirate marriage and the afterlife. Yet our Lord did field an honest question–one regarding the greatest commandment–and witnessed a desperately poor widow make an offering. In the immediately prior passage he had denounced scribes who
devour the property of widows….
–Mark 12:40b, The New Jerusalem Bible
I have covered the widow’s mite in other posts linked to this one, but I choose to write the following here and now: The widow should have kept her money and spent it on her needs. But at least she was sincere.
May we refrain from playing destructive games with God and each other. Instead, may we seek the best for each other and the community, be honest in that, and be sincere in our love.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MAY 22, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF RICHARD BIGGS, ACTOR
THE FEAST OF ROTA WAITOA, ANGLICAN PRIEST
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