Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

Readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 4
(Cycle B)
Readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,
November 11 (Cycle B)
First Reading: Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Second Reading:  Hebrews 7:23-28
Gospel:  Mark 12:28b-34
First Reading: 1 Kings 17:10-16
Second Reading:  Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel:  Mark 12:38-44

The scribe who questions Jesus in today’s Gospel engages in a positive dialogue with him.  He agrees with Jesus’ teaching that the commandments to love God and love thy neighbor stand above the commandment to offer worship and sacrifice in the Temple.  The scribe goes much further than a good and devout Jew of that period would go.  He says that this double law of love is more important than temple worship.  Jesus tells him is not far from the reign of God.  With this dialogue, Jesus appears to close the debate with the Jewish authorities.  Mark reports that no one dared to question Jesus further.

 

Today’s reading from Kings illustrates several things: God’s care for the poor, Elijah’s activity as his agent; and in the context of today’s liturgy, the trusting generosity of a widow who sacrifices her own livelihood to the needs of another.  Quite clearly we are invited to connect her to the widow of the Gospel reading.  In Mark’s Gospel the poor widow who contributed “all that she had to live on” is sharply contrasted with the wealthy who gave sizable amounts from their surplus wealth.  The rich do not depend on God.  They have plenty to live on.  The widow now has only God and God’s people to lean upon. 

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Tell of a time when someone surprisingly touched you with concern and compassion recently.

Consider taking time to really listen to news reports this week of Christians showing their love for God by loving and serving their neighbors.  Share your findings with someone next week.

How will you serve others this week?

In those areas where we are “wealthy,” it is easy to share with others.  Share some moments when you gave to others even when you felt poor and giving was a big risk.

What are some practical ways you can contribute to the Church besides monetarily?

What are the qualities you find in a person you consider to be religious?

 

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