November 8, 2009, 32nd Sunday Cycle B - "This poor widow put in more"

Sunday Reading Reflections
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 8, 2009 (32B)

Burning Question: What is sacrifice?

First Reading
First Book of Kings, Chapter 17, Verses 10-16

1. The widow is asked to give away the last bits of flour reserved for her final meal. As a result, she receives a jar of flour that doesn’t ever go empty—but she didn’t know that when she gave her last bits away. What kind of a leap of faith would that require? Is there any way that you can relate to this situation?

2. God rewarded the widow in this reading. Are there usually rewards for helping others? How does one develop a habit of giving? On a scale of one to ten, rate your ability to give.

Second Reading
Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 9, Verses 24-28

1. Two widows make sacrifices, one in the First Reading and one in the Gospel . Compare Christ’s sacrifice with these.

2. What did God the Father give away?

According to Mark, Chapter 12, Verses 38-44

1. Why does Jesus direct the disciples’ attention to the widow giving her last pennies? Is reward mentioned in this reading? Do you think she will get any reward?

2. Why would the widow give her last coins away? Does Jesus’ comment explain why? Can you do what she did? How close can you come?

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1 comment:

  1. Renee8:40 PM

    Fr. Mick had an interesting perspective this morning. He pointed out that these widows did not give up in their faith.