20181111 Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Meaningful Gifts

When is it acceptable to boast about your offerings when you see the beauty that your offerings bring? For example when a church is being built of renovated many times you will see people getting there names placed on a donated item such as a pew or a statue. One might wonder why are they donating this item is it truly for the glory of God and the Kingdom or is it for the bragging rights and the honor of having your name and being recognized? When you truly give for the sake of giving out of need and not for the recognition or the pride I believe that is the glory of God and his kingdom.

In this Gospel the message seems to be clear but also vague at the same time. When Jesus rebukes the scribes who give to the treasury he is not rebuking them simply because they did not give although that would seem like a valid reason to pass a judgment against someone but more the meaning of them giving if it is from surplus what difference does it make for you. But he praises the poor woman who gives because she gives from her heart by giving from what little she has.  Many people feel that if they simply give to the needy or a cause feel good about themselves, which is fine, but the reward that you get when you give from where it hurts then you truly deserves the blessings of God. God is good and blesses us in many different ways always look to the mercy of God as a moral guide to your offerings.

--Collins

Readings at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111118.cfm

First Reading: 1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm: Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44

 

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