Sunday Reflection, by S. Kathleen Mulso, OSF

ImageReflection for November 11, 2012
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 1 Kings 17:10-16
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
How much does a penny buy?
In today’s Gospel from Mark, we are reminded of Jesus’ telling his Apostles about the widow’s mite.  From this story we can get the idea that whatever we give from the heart or from our need is worth more than our just handing over a few leftover coins.  Why does this make any sense in today’s world?  As followers of Christ, we are daily called to go beyond the obvious.  We are called to share with our neighbors, and in so doing to obtain a closer relationship to God.  We have been given the gifts of intellect and free will and are supposed to be stewards of our gifts.  The point I often forget myself is that whatever I have, has been given to me as a gift from God.  These gifts can be shared.
So, a penny is worth alot if it is the only one you have, or if it is just what someone else needs. Our task from today’s Gospel is to see the prophetic witness this widow gives.  She was willing to put herself in real need.  She was able to share her last coins.  This simple act speaks volumes and show great faith and real dependence on God.
How much is a penny or a small sum of money worth to you this day?  To whom could you offer such a gift?
Jesus, since my actions speak louder than words, please guide me in knowing when and how to share your gifts.  Allow me to hear your word this day and to act on it.  Amen.
Kathleen Mulso, OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

One thought on “Sunday Reflection, by S. Kathleen Mulso, OSF

  1. This is so good–today I shared my homemade clam chowder with neighbors (but I confess I’m hoping and praying the gift will overshadow my less than fabulous testimony!). God bless you!!

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